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RE: CVS query on date range (was: My Boss is away!)

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: CVS query on date range (was: My Boss is away!)
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 10:00:10 -0400

Iain Freeston wrote:
> Subject: My Boss is away!
first, a note: I almost deleted this as spam because of the subject line.
You'd be wise to choose a more appropriate subject next time ;=)

> I have been tasked to find out all the code that has changed 
> in a specific 
> directory this week. Problem is the CVS administrator is away 
> for a couple 
> of weeks and I know nothing about CVS.
> Reading a web page for help I learnt to type in the following:
> cvs log -d "2004-05-24;2004-05-27"
> The problem is the date range doesn't seem to be working and 
> I always get a 
> list of everything in the directory.
> I have tried many variations similar to this but it never 
> seems to work.
Try using < instead of ; 

cvs log -d "2004-05-24<2004-05-28"

(note that I added a day to the end range, because it's less-than, not

Also use the -S option. It suppresses empty log messages.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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