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RE: Is there a safe way to do this kind of offline CVS management ?

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Is there a safe way to do this kind of offline CVS management ?
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 09:44:21 -0400

Catching up a little here. Boy, these conversations can move quickly on

In your first message, the part "Tell everyone that they should not modify
the central tree" really scares (and annoys) me. Generally, the only
operations where you should tell people not to check things in are
maintenance operations that affect the repository directly.

For your "thousand files in a single directory" issue, you could use the -d
option in the CVS/modules file to specify that the project should be checked
out into a directory named enu. That would eliminate you having to use the
-d option each time you check out a project. The modules file might look
something like:

wordpad -s dev -d enu path/in/repository

For your basic procedures, I would suggest something like this:

- apply a tag to the files you're going to take on-site
- 'CVS export' those files 
- On-site, use 'cvs import' to import them to the local repository.
- modify, check-in, etc. to your heart's content
- when done, take a copy of the modified local repository files (*,v) back
to your office
- write or find a script or tool that will pull out the changes you've done
on-site, and apply them to the local repository, on a branch created from
the tag in step (1)
- merge changes from the branch to the head

On subsequent visits, you can re-import the latest version of the
repository, and merge any changes made locally.
Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. ( )
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal ( )

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