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Re: best way to remove a file from a branch?

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: best way to remove a file from a branch?
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 16:39:58 -0500 (EST)

jpierre writes:
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> cvs remove "works" in the sense that yes, the file gets removed from
> the branch, when updating or checking out the branch. But on the
> server, the file is still there, and tools that look on the server
> (viewCVS, for example), still show the file. This means that all
> scripts looking at the content on the repository will think that the
> file is still in the branch.

Of course the file is still on the server -- the whole point of a
versioning system is to let you retreive old versions of a file, even
one that has been deleted.  The repository directory structure
represents the contents of the trunk, not any other branch, and that's
just an optimization that really shouldn't be depended on.  Any script
that thinks it can intuit the contents of a branch from the repository
directory structure without examining the contents of the individual
files is seriously broken.  And it's a bad idea in general -- the
repository should only be accessed with CVS commands, it should not be
accessed directly.

-Larry Jones

Well, it's all a question of perspective. -- Calvin

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