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Re: renames under CVS

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: renames under CVS
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 16:56:07 -0500 (EST)

[ On Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 06:43:29 (-0800), Noel Yap wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: renames under CVS
> Since I have worked with open-source products and
> within a corporate environment, I definitely can say
> that the norm in one is not the norm in the other as
> others on this list have confirmed.

Ever since I first began to work on open-source projects I've worked for
corporations, and I still do, so I guess I've always worked on
open-source projects in a corporate environment.

> Then the documentation is wrong.  One does not perform
> merges with diff, ed, and patch (unless one wants to
> reinvent diff3).

I don't know what you can possibly be talking about.  The only time I've
ever wanted to reinvent diff3 was before there was a version freely
available in source form.  However one has been available for as long as
CVS-II has existed, and indeed the guts are now included in the CVS
source distribution itself.

I do perform merges with 'diff' or 'diff3' and 'ed' or 'patch', though
almost always only with 'diff' or 'diff3' and 'patch'.  Sometimes I use
these tools directly, and sometimes I allow CVS to drive them for me.

> Pardon me, but I don't consider myself to be a newbie
> (unless you consider a newbie someone who still has
> stuff to learn).

You have a lot to learn.  I have a lot to learn yet too, but I think I
have a lot less to learn in the subect areas related to CVS than you do.

> Great!  So if CVS applied the diff3 and patch under
> renaming conditions, too, there'd be no more threads
> about this topic.

However since CVS cannot ever do so without being transformed into
something new that is not CVS, I guess you're going to have to either
continue dreaming about the impossible, or maybe learn to make the
transformation yourself.

                                                                Greg A. Woods

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