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Re: Branches and Dates

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Branches and Dates
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 18:06:36 -0500 (EST)

Eric Siegerman writes:
> On Tue, Nov 19, 2002 at 10:16:47AM -0500, Larry Jones wrote:
> > You need to specify both the branch and the date.  Unfortunately, not
> > all CVS subcommands allow both -D and -r at the same time [...]
> Why not?

Existing inconsistency coupled with profound indecision over exactly how
to best provide the capability.  Some places in CVS allow you to specify
a branch and a date in a single package, like update -j's branch:date
syntax.  Other places, like update, allow specifying -r and -D at the
same time.  Still other places, most notably diff, allow -r and -D at
the same time, but interpret them as specifying two different revisions
rather than jointly specifying a single revision.  Trying to unify all
that is a daunting task, particulary when you try to ensure that the
result will be upward compatible (for all of clients, servers, and

-Larry Jones

That's one of the remarkable things about life.  It's never so
bad that it can't get worse. -- Calvin

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