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RE: Make cvs ignore some changes in files

From: Frederic Brehm
Subject: RE: Make cvs ignore some changes in files
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 13:44:32 -0400

At 08:42 AM 8/22/2002 -0700, Noel Yap wrote:
I'm very confused now.  The subject says, "Make cvs
ignore some changes in files".  Your statement above
indicates that you want to force checkin of a file.
Can you restate your problem please?

The key is "some changes". There are some changes that are not significant, and some changes that are significant. I have to ignore the changes that are not significant, but modify the cannonical file (and therefore make CVS notice the changed file) if the changes are significant.

The requirements still sound contradictory -- you need
an automated build but you need to use a manual-only
GUI tool.  IMHO, using a tool that doesn't fit the
real requirement of automation (remember, anything
that can be automated can also be done manually) is
reason enough to change the tool.

I did replace the GUI tool with a tool (make) that fit the requirement of automation, but only after the GUI tool had produced an intermediate result that I could save. The only good thing about the tool is that it produced a makefile and ran make to perform the actual build.

It may have been possible to ignore the GUI tool altogether, but it would have taken more work to understand what it really did to create the makefile. It did some magic configuring the RTOS services that didn't look very easy to duplicate.

I have no choice other than the vendor-supplied GUI tool. There are no replacements for the tool, and especially not open-source replacements. The vendor's workflow model does not admit to any automation (nor to a lot of other good software engineering practices like the use of libraries...but that's a whole 'nother rant).

CVS is a tool with a Unix philosophy.  The GUI tool is
not.  I think your choices are:
1. Don't use CVS.
2. Don't use the GUI build tool.
3. Live with the headaches.

I'm living with the headaches. This whole thread is about one of those headaches that is similar to a headache that another CVS user is having.

Fred Brehm, Sarnoff Corporation, address@hidden

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