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RE: Showing diff in commit message editor

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: Showing diff in commit message editor
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 13:38:55 -0500 (EST)

[ On Friday, January 9, 2004 at 09:40:15 (-0500), Jim.Hyslop wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: Showing diff in commit message editor
> This is simply a matter of training yourself to perform all the necessary
> steps, in the correct order. 
> Except for the most trivial changes to files you *know* are up to date, the
> commit procedure is not a single command, it is a sequence of commands that
> cannot be automated, because of the thought processes required by the humans
> at each step:
> cvs update
> Sanity check: rebuild if something was out of date
> cvs diff: ensure that the changes are what you expected (for example, did
> you remember to remove that debugging printf statement?)
> cvs commit
> Unfortunately, too many people skip the first three steps.


I find it helps to use tools integrated right into my text editor to
drive both CVS and all the tasks that surround its use.

I use Emacs of course and the tool of choice for many Emacs users is
PCL-CVS.  It turns Emacs into a CVS front-end application that can also
edit files.  :-)

                                                Greg A. Woods

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