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RE: Checking out a branch with -D

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Checking out a branch with -D
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 10:22:13 -0400

Neil Carlson wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-07-12 at 14:03, Jim.Hyslop wrote:
> If you want
> > *just* that date, try
> > -D"2004-05-01<2004-05-02".
> Good idea, but unfortunately cvs won't swallow it; it seems to only
> accept single dates (and two -D options don't seem to work either).
Sorry about that - I forgot that not all commands accept two dates.

> Well it depends on how the build system is designed.  In my case, it
> turns out that these 'extra' files aren't ignored.
Ah, I see.

> So it sounds like cvs is unable to reconstruct the exact state of
> a branch on a particular date (-D) short of having the branch tagged
> on that date.  True?
Seems like it.

Other than the problem file, do all the other files get the correct
versions? If so, then you can apply the tag, then manually move or delete it
from the file(s) that should not be there.

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


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