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cvs init on pre-existing old repository ok?

From: Bulgrien, Kevin
Subject: cvs init on pre-existing old repository ok?
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 10:59:26 -0500

The original question was:

A user did a cvs init on an existing repository.  Is this generally safe,
or might it be advisable to go back and check for differences against a

CVS version is 1.11.17

presumably contains an applicable answer:

> The 'cvs init' should only add files that are not already present but
> are needed by cvs."


> The 'cvs init' function should not do anything bad to your files unless
> you happen to have files in the $CVSROOT/CVSROOT that do not match the
> top-of-tree version in their corresponding ,v file in the checkoutlist.
> It is probably a good idea to create a test copy of the CVSROOT
> directory into another repository and run the 'cvs init' command to see
> what it does to your test setup before you do the real thing.
>        Good luck,
>        -- Mark

It does appear that one needs to check a backup in order to be sure since
the full context of the cvs init operation is not known.

Kevin R. Bulgrien
Product Engineer

General Dynamics C4 Systems         
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