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Checking out a partial directory

From: Brad Dompe
Subject: Checking out a partial directory
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 09:48:32 -0700 (PDT)

We're using an open source development/qa tool that
acts as a front end to CVS.  A developer creates a
'change', adds their files to it, and makes their
changes.  When finished, the developer closes the
change, which checks the files in. That change is then
supposed to pass through a series of test gates before
being considered 'safe to apply' by others. The main
flaw with it though, is this:

Developer 1 creates a change containing File1 in a new
directory "newdir".
Developer 2 applies that change, creates a new change
with File2 in "newdir".

CVS now has a directory "newdir", containing File1 and
Now, when any other developer applies that first
change, there's a new directory, "newdir".  The tool
executes "cvs co -l newdir", which has the effect of
retrieving all the files (i.e. File1 and File2).

Is there a way to only check out File1?  Thanks.

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