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RE: how to change a rev number

From: Thornley, David
Subject: RE: how to change a rev number
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 14:13:33 -0600

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shane McDaniel [mailto:address@hidden

> > > I accidently checked in a file with the wrong rev number. 
>  How do I go
> > > about changing the rev number in the DB?  Is there an 
> easier way than
> > > checking the rev out, removing it from the DB and putting it
> > > back with the
> > > new rev?
> > >
> > The right answer is to stop thinking about the rev number and just
> > apply a tag when you want something you can refer to.  Leave the
> > revision numbers to CVS.
> point taken.  but then what is the use of having a hierchal 
> rev number if
> tags are what one should use?  wouldn't cvs just use an incrementing
> number ie 1,2,3,4 instead of 1.0.1,1.0.2,etc..
The reason is historical.  Originally, CVS was a set of wrapper scripts
over RCS, and CVS continues to use the RCS format of save files.  (There's
advantages there.)  One intended successor to CVS, Subversion 
(, does use sequential numbers
for its revisions.

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