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Re: ***glaring*** flaw in cvs import?

From: Robert P. J. Day
Subject: Re: ***glaring*** flaw in cvs import?
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 07:56:20 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 23 Jul 2004, Pierre Asselin wrote:

Robert P. J. Day <address@hidden> wrote:

   following the instructions in "tracking third-party sources", i
downloaded a kernel source tree that i both want to update regularly
from the source, and make local changes to.

   i pulled down the tree, cleared out all CVS directories to turn it
into a regular directory tree, then used "cvs import" to check it into
my local repo.

Ok, so you checked out a tree from a public CVS server and you want
to import that locally.  You don't have to remove the CVS/
subdirectories.  See below.

   in the process of doing that import, the "cvs" command apparently
decided it didn't much care for the kernel source directory
net/bridge/core, and threw it away!  why?  because it's called "core"?

Because 'core' is in the default ignore list.  I usually reset the
ignore list to just 'CVS', like this,

   cvs import -I! -ICVS <path> VENDOR <release-tag>

and then check out a fresh sandbox somewhere else.

You can keep the original external sandbox untouched;  that way, you
can update it from the public CVS server and reimport any deltas to
your internal server.

that's useful to know, but it's still appalling that the default ignore list contains "core", which causes cvs to gleefully toss even directories named "core". do i understand it correctly that there is no way to configure cvs to ignore some *file* patterns but not the same *directory* patterns? if that's true, that's definitely one of the worst examples of software design i've seen in lots of years.

lord, you could use that in a programming class as a golden example of things not to do. i'm starting to understand why so many of my colleagues won't touch cvs with a barge pole.


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