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RE: cvswrappers file

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: cvswrappers file
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 16:02:43 -0400

Peter Sotos wrote:
> I had a few questions on the cvswrappers file:
> 1) There are 3 files in the CVSROOT directory called cvswrappers
>       o cvswrappers
>       o .#cvswrappers
>       o cvswrappers,v
> Which is the correct file for me to place my settings in?
I don't know offhand what the .#cvswrappers file is, and the ,v file is the
repository file. Eventually, your changes should go into the cvswrappers

You want to check out CVSROOT into a different directory, modify
cvswrappers, then check it back in. Don't modify the cvswrappers file
directly from the repository, because if anyone else checks in changes, your
changes will be lost.

> 2) I noticed in the example placed in the comments of the 
> cvswrappers file
> that it talked about setting the keyword expansion mode to 'b':
> *.gif -k 'b'
> But it doesn't mention setting the merge method. Isn't this 
> important when
> specifying that a file is binary? So wouldn't a more correct 
> example be:
> *.gif -k 'b' -m COPY

COPY is assumed when -k is used; see

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
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