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RE: cvs add <directory>

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: cvs add <directory>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 16:26:54 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 09:57:46 (-0700), Paul Sander wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: cvs add <directory>
> The biggest complaint I hear from my users about CVS is that there's no
> working "cvs mv".  After being told about the remove/add/commit workaround,
> the next complaint I hear is that they can't merge between branches after
> a reorg has been done on one of them.  This is straightforward version
> control.  The fact that the repository can't handle it does not make the
> expectation unreasonable.  It means that the repository has an unreasonable
> limitation.

These limitations in CVS are entirely and totally reasonable.

If your users cannot either figure out proper and almost permanent names
for their files before they commit them, and/or if they can't remember
what they've renamed something when they go to get changes from that
something, then their software is VERY poorly engineered.  The problem
with renames isn't CVS -- it's a fundamental human problem that no
amount of CASE support can ever fully make up for.  Teach your
programmers to be good software engineers and then they won't complain
so much about things that no tool can fully solve for them.  Complex
tools such as those you keep preaching about simply breed more
unnecessary complexity.  K.I.S.S.

                                                                Greg A. Woods

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