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RE: Info-cvs Digest, Vol 36, Issue 51

From: Matthew Herrmann
Subject: RE: Info-cvs Digest, Vol 36, Issue 51
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 10:22:48 +1100

Hi Sanjay,

I'm guessing these are things like user documentation or instructional
videos etc. To handle this situation, store the data as normal files with
versions on a server. Ie:


Then, as part of the process that requires the file (perhaps the release
process?), include:

"copy /y \\server\projname\res\BigFile1.dat.7 .\BigFile1.dat"

to get a copy of the file. You could make this more efficient, but this will
do the job. When you need to update the file, make a file called
BigFile1.dat.8, and update the script to copy that file instead. If you're
using remote servers, you can use scp or pscp to copy the data instead. Then
there is no need for partially tagged repositories which can become a
maintenance nightmare.

To be super abstract, you can fetch the files from a folder specified by an
environment variable, similar to the CVSROOT variable. In that case, you can
move your repositories to a different server and still be able to fetch
historical versions reliably.

Matthew Herrmann

Far Edge Pty Ltd

-----Original Message-----
Message: 7
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 12:16:10 +0530
From: Sanjay Goel <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: Ignoring files and directories when checking out
To: Jim Hyslop <address@hidden>
Cc: address@hidden
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"

I have a few big data files (>100 MB) that I would want to keep on the cvs
server. But then every developer will have to checkout that file when they
do a root level checkout. Since most of the developers will not need this
file, I wanted a way to mask these files, as VSS does support the masking
feature. Tagging and removing seems like a workable hack, though not really


On 11/29/05, Jim Hyslop <address@hidden> wrote:
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> Sanjay Goel wrote:
> > Hi all, I am a newbie to this group. I beg your pardon in advance in
> > case this question has been asked before (though I couldn't find it
> > after searching the archives) Is it possible to mark some files and
> > directories as masked/ignored so that when I checkout a parent level
> > directory, these files/directories don't check out?
> No. Just don't check them in, in the first place ;=)
> Well, strictly speaking that's not true. You could tag the files and
> then 'cvs rm' them. Any time you do want to get them, you'll have to get
> them by tag.
> What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Maybe there's another way to
> get what you want.
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> Jim Hyslop
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