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Re: Why does CVS COPY a file (binary) to tag it? Can this be overridden

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Why does CVS COPY a file (binary) to tag it? Can this be overridden?
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 15:31:15 -0500 (EST)

bdcutler2001 writes:
> This becomes an issue for us because we have some ,v binaries that in 
> the 100s of Mbs in size.  We run out of repository space when the 
> users try to tag these files.

CVS is a very poor tool for storing binary files, particularly large

> Is there any way to tell CVS to use /tmp instead?  Better yet ... any 
> way to change this behaviour?

No.  CVS counts on a rename within a directory being an atomic
operation; if the new file were put somewhere else, a rename might not
be possible or might not be atomic.  If you're going to abuse CVS by
using it to store large binaries, you have to be prepared to pay the
price by providing lots of disk space for the repository.

-Larry Jones

In a minute, you and I are going to settle this out of doors. -- Calvin

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