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RE: CVS corrupts binary files ...

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: CVS corrupts binary files ...
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 14:58:50 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Monday, June 28, 2004 at 18:31:58 (-0700), Paul Sander wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: CVS corrupts binary files ...
> On three separate occasions, Greg actually *recommends* intalling and
> treating such code drops as uncontrolled sources!

Paul, please stop mirepresenting what I have said.

(A) they're not "sources" -- they're intermediate product files.

(B) installing third-party intermediate files on the build systems
    doesn't mean they are "uncontrolled" -- only in _your_ mind could
    that be true.

>  Dropping stuff in
> a directory and pointing makefiles at it is just plain bad CM.

Indeed it would be, if that was all one did.

Let me repeat again since you obviously don't grasp the full and deep
meaning of this statement:  CVS is _NOT_ a _complete_ software
configuration management system.

Obviosly anyone interested in good SCM will have external procedures to
account for these third-party files, just as they should have procedures
for dealing with _all_ attributes of their build environment.

> (Well, that last statement has limits in practicality; there's a break-
> even point where the the benefit of automation exceeds the cost of
> automation, but that point is usually relatively low, especially in the
> CM domain.)

Exactly.  You've been riding your high horse for so long now that you're
clearly having troubles dealing with real-world issues.

                                                Greg A. Woods

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