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RE: binary files bad idea? why?

From: Frederic Brehm
Subject: RE: binary files bad idea? why?
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 08:36:50 -0400

At 10:28 PM 5/21/2004, Greg A. Woods wrote:
If this isn't blatantly obvious to everyone who knows that CVS uses

It's not blatantly obvious that everyone knows how CVS works.

There's a lot of people here who are very smart people and very talented developers but view CVS as a black box. There's nothing wrong with that. But, because they are so smart, they ask questions. If I say "Don't do that with CVS", then they ask "Why?". If I can't explain it sufficiently, then they won't internalize my prescription and they will eventually do "that" anyway. We don't have a formal CM group here but I am the de facto expert. At least they are smart enough to ask me before doing something different with CVS.

So, I always explain the reasons why one should treat the CVS repository or CVS commands in a certain way.


Frederic W. Brehm, Sarnoff Corporation,

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