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RE: cvs add <directory>

From: Shankar Unni
Subject: RE: cvs add <directory>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 11:50:33 -0700

Quoth Greg Woods:

> OK, yes, directories can be versioned.
> However directories cannot possibly ever be versioned with 
> any meaningful and useful result in any system even remotely 
> like CVS.  

Ah, and here we have the disconnect in this discussion. Greg: we do see
the point about not being able to meaningfully version directories
*given the current structure and implementation of CVS*. 

However, the point we (Paul and I) were making is orthogonal - that
there is a need for a feature to version directories and recreate their
structure as of a particular point in time. 

And the solution, in terms of CVS, may well be some compromise like
MetaCVS, where you give up the idea of the repository structure
mirrorring your object directory structure. Instead, your "files" are
just synthetically named objects, and you have a meta-data file that can
be versioned and used to recreate the actual object structure on

This is anyway what the other versioning systems (like ClearCase and
Perforce) do - it'll just take some getting used to by old-time CVS

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