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RE: How can I view files with a specific tag in CVS? (follow-up)

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: How can I view files with a specific tag in CVS? (follow-up)
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 10:03:03 -0400

address@hidden wrote:

> Note: This is a follow-up. But for some reason it's no longer possible
> to answer postings older than 1 month. Very user-unfriendly if you ask
> me.
It is quite reasonable to assume that, in most cases, a discussion more than
a month old is no longer relevant. You can always reply via email (assuming
that your email address is valid?).

> address@hidden wrote:
> > address@hidden wrote:
> > > Anyone knows if there is a CVS command that can be used to 
> > > see which files (and their version) that has been tagged with 
> > > a specific tag?
> > cvs -nq up -r tag-you-are-interested-in
> OK, that's fine, but I would like to see the version of each file too.

For the most part, CVS revision numbers should be treated as magical black
boxes that we mere mortals don't understand, and don't need to understand.
That's the whole *purpose* of symbolic tags - removing the need to look at
CVS revision numbers.

So, again: why do you think you need to do this? What are you trying to

> The above command only shows file names...
Sorry, only one fish per customer (footnote).

The CVS commands are well-documented. Have you tried examining the
documentation? Take a look at the various commands, pick one that looks like
it might do the trick, and then look at the options for that command.

Above all - experiment! That's the best way to learn. Create a section of
your repository that is specifically designed for experimenting with CVS
commands, say $CVSROOT/cvs-test/yourname. Make your mistakes in that
directory, and when it gets too cluttered, just blow away that section of
the repository: 

cd $CVSROOT/cvs-test
rm -rf yourname

FOOTNOTE: for those who don't get the statement: it's a reference to the
saying "give a someone a fish and you feed them for a day; teach them to
fish, and you feed them for life."

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

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