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Re: Tagging Problem

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Tagging Problem
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 15:45:58 -0500 (EST)

Eric Siegerman writes:
> Could an NFS-mounted repo with screwed-up locking lead to these
> symptoms (valid ,v files but with tags applied inconsistently),
> or would the individual ,v files end up broken instead?

NFS problems almost always result in broken RCS files.  The most common
situation by far (in fact, it's the only one that I can remember ever
being reported) is that some of the data gets lost between the client
and the disk file resulting in a block of binary zeros in the RCS file
in lieu of the correct data.  The only NFS locking problem (and it is,
so far as I know, only a theoretical problem; I've never heard a report
of it actually occurring in practice) is of the safe variety -- it
prevents *anyone* from modifying the file rather than allowing multiple
people to modify it at the same time.

-Larry Jones

I've got PLENTY of common sense!  I just choose to ignore it. -- Calvin

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