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RE: Special tag name for the tip of a branch

From: Christopher.Fouts
Subject: RE: Special tag name for the tip of a branch
Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 09:39:53 -0400

I believe THE branch name is the tag for the HEAD of
a branch...


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Behalf Of Alexander Taler
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 10:57 AM
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Subject: Special tag name for the tip of a branch

Hi All,

For LibCVS, I would like to use special named tags for the tip of a
branch, for instance `.HEAD.branch_foo' would be a tag on the head of
the branch `branch_foo'.

Is there any list of reserved special tag names?  If not, I could create
one, perhaps in the CVS info pages.

I believe it's necessary to distinguish branches from tags, and so some
functions accept only branch or tag names as arguments. However, in some
cases it seems natural to specify the tip of a branch (eg diff -r -r) so
I have been accepting branch tags and doing a test and a conversion to a
revision.  This special case is getting too common, and I'm looking for
a way to obviate it.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks,

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