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Re: Cannot check in file after branch...?

From: Flossie
Subject: Re: Cannot check in file after branch...?
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 11:01:51 +1200
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Jim.Hyslop wrote:
Flossie wrote:

cvs commit: sticky tag `1.4' for file `test1.txt' is not a branch
cvs [commit aborted]: correct above errors first!
Error, CVS operation failed

As the error message says, your file was checked out with a sticky tag: a
revision tag, or a date, or a specific revision number (1.4 in this case).
CVS cannot check in files that are checked out using a sticky tag.
ok, I need to better understand more about 'sticky tags'. I'm trying to be a dumb user here.
Do you know of a good web page along the lines of "CVS for dummies"?

I can't figure out how to get the file back into CVS. As far as I'm concerned, the file should happily be able to be updated in the main code tree (i.e ignoring the new branch), afterall this is where it was checked out from.

You must have issued the command 'cvs update[or checkout] -r1.4' in order
for it to have that sticky tag.
I'm using TortoiseCVS and did not see what command it issued (nor do I want to learn various command-line args for controlling CVS actions) - this is why I'm using a GUI :-) All I did (before the branch) was start editing the file (which was already under CVS control) and save it. I'd tried this earlier and when I was done I could do a CVS commit. So in this situation the only difference was that a branch was created before I'd done the commit - a possibility in a larger project when many people are modifying many files.

How do I do this?

You need to clear the sticky tag. If you want it on the branch, then update
using a symbolic branch tag. If you want it on the head, then update using


cvs update -r branch_tag
cvs update -A
Thanks, will look into it

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