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Re: 'soft links' in cvs repository?

From: Ted Stern
Subject: Re: 'soft links' in cvs repository?
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2008 14:54:59 -0800
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On 05 Mar 2008 08:10:22 -0800, newbie wrote:
> Hi Group,
> Is there any way to use one file in different cvs repositories while
> keep it synced? (just like a soft link to the file).
> Let's say I have three files A, B, C. What I want to do is I need to
> put A, B in a repository 1, meanwhile I need to put A, C in another
> repository 2, but file A should be the same here. Whenever I commit
> changes for A from a checkout of repo 1, it should also be changed in
> repo 2. File A in repo 1 is just a soft link to repo 2.
> Any hints on this? Hope I was clear.
> Thanks.

Hmm, I think I can imagine a gross hack to make it work, but I
strongly recommend avoiding it.  What you want to do is symlink
directories if you can:


   cd /path/to/repos2/module2
   ln -s /path/to/repos1/module1/A_dir .

yields the following

   /path/to/repos2/module2/A_dir -> /path/to/repos1/module1/A_dir

The reason I would recommend using directories instead of symlinking
files directly is that you can never be sure when CVS might move files

Completely untested --- do your own experiments on a test repository

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