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RE: deleting bad files

From: Dale . Miller
Subject: RE: deleting bad files
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 11:11:04 -0500


The file was locked in RCS at the time the file was transitioned to CVS.
Someone had either done a "co -l" or "ci -l" when using RCS.  In RCS one
could use the "rcs -u file" to remove the lock.

In CVS the admin command has a -u option that you could use "cvs admin -u
file".  The "cvs admin" command is one you want to be careful with,
especially options like "-o" where you can remove deltas.

Use "cvs -H admin" to see the many options available.  You can also restrict
people from being able to use the "admin" command (except for the cvs admin
-k command, which can be run by anybody) by creating a group "cvsadmin" and
only adding people to the group that you want to have admin rights.

See for more

You could also hack the repository and rm $CVSROOT/path/filename.c~,v

The filename.c~ is most likely a backup of the file from emacs that someone
had checked in with RCS.

Dale Miller

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Miller Sally S NPRI [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Monday, May 13, 2002 10:25 AM
> To: 'address@hidden'
> Subject: deleting bad files
> I am helping a team transition from RCS to CVS.
> I did not create the repository but I would like to clean it up.
> I am on a Unix system with a command line interface.
> and want to delete  filename.c~
> cvs remove -f filename.c~
> but a cvs commit
> tells me that the file is already locked by Common.
> is there a way to remove the file by cvs or do I have to 
> manually remove 
> it in  the Repository.
> Sally
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