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RE: branch/tag short questions

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: branch/tag short questions
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 10:31:20 -0400

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Richard Pfeiffer wrote:
> Three short questions:
> We have dev grp that labeled a tag the same as the branch.
> Now they can't get to the branch.
> 1) Is their a way we can rename the tag?
Not directly. You can add new tags (specify the -r option to make it apply
to the same revision as an existing tag) and delete the old tags,
effectively renaming them.

You can convert a non-branch tag into a branch tag by using the -F option,

cvs tag xxx filename
# oops - meant it to be a branch:
cvs tag -F -b xxx filename

If there are a lot of files and you omit 'filename', CVS will ignore the
command for files that already have the tag as a branch.


Jim Hyslop
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