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Re: how to restore removed branch

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: how to restore removed branch
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 13:31:16 -0400
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On Fri, May 24, 2002 at 09:36:19AM -0400, Yan, Rong (R.) wrote:
> I made a mistake yesterday: when I tried to remove a branch from
> a file under certain dirctory, I did it under graph mode. So CVS removed
> this branch from every file under this directory. This branch is the 
> main branch for our project. We have to restore it to every file under
> this directory and keep the original revision history.

If you're *very* lucky, there might be a branch-point tag that
was created at the same time the branch itself was created.  If
that's the case, you can recreate the branch tag based on the
branch-point tag.

Otherwise, there's no easy way to do this.  One possibility is to
just restore the repo from a backup, and redo whatever changes
have been committed since then.  If that's unacceptable, your
best bet is to:
  - Restore the repository from a backup, to a temporary
    location, NOT over-top of the live repository.

  - From the temporary copy, get a list of all the files, and the
    revision numbers of the branch tag for the branch in question.
    If you have a recent version of CVS, you can use
        cvs -d <temporary_repository_copy> rlog <module>
    Otherwise, use "rlog" if you have it; or check out a working
    directory from the temporary copy, cd into it, and use "cvs

  - Turn that list into a shell/Perl/whatever script that will
    restore the branch tag to the correct revision for each file.

You might be able to figure out the correct revisions yourself,
one file at a time -- but only if the directory is small.  If it
contains more than a few files, this will be long, slow, and
tedious; and you're very likely to make mistakes.

Whatever you do, BACK UP the repository just before you try to
make the repairs, to protect you against further mistakes.

> This is an example of the our file with correct history graph inside CVS:
>  <<...OLE_Obj...>> 

As an aside, it doesn't work to copy and paste stuff that isn't
text into email that goes outside your company's local M$ mail


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