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Re: Deleting or Renaming a Branch

From: Jake Colman
Subject: Re: Deleting or Renaming a Branch
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 18:16:43 -0500
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>>>>> "AB" == Arthur Barrett <address@hidden> writes:

   AB> Jake,
   >> > Don't you just want to move the old branch to the new HEAD?
   >> > cvs tag -F -b MY_NEW_BRANCH
   >> Actually, I just want to pretend as if I never cut the branch in the
   >> first place.  We 
   AB> .
   AB> .
   AB> .

   >> What I'd like to do is totally blow away PROJECTX as if it never
   >> existed.  Then I would like to cut a new PROJECTX from HEAD so
   >> that the project will be based on the latest code from HEAD.

   AB> Yes - that is 'move the old branch to the new HEAD'.

   AB> Deleting a branch requires use of the 'cvs admin' commands, and
   AB> as a general rule of thumb if you ever have cause to type 'cvs
   AB> admin' then it's probably time to go home and come back with a
   AB> better idea.  In 15 years of administering CVS and CVSNT
   AB> repositories I've never had to use 'cvs admin'.

   AB> Now moving branch tags is not something to be done lightly, but
   AB> since you already know that you've nto used PROJECTX branch then
   AB> it should be OK (of course having backups of your repository is
   AB> always a requirement for any administrative command).

   AB> So from within a sandbox with HEAD checked out: 

   AB>    cvs tag -F -b PROJECTX

   AB> What this command does is literally move the PROJEXTX branch to
   AB> the HEAD revisions, or to put it another way: when you created
   AB> the PROJEXTX branch it used the latest revision numbers of each
   AB> file, you now want it to do the same thing again - any files that
   AB> have 'newer' revisions you want to move the branch to begin at
   AB> the newer revision.

So after I do this command, I would then go to any existing PROJECTX
sandboxes and do a 'cvs update' command?  I use the HEAD sandbox to move
the branch tag but then refresh any existing PROJECTX sandboxes so that
it gets the correct revisions?

Jake Colman
Director of Software Development
Principia Partners LLC
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Suite 620
Conshohocken, PA  19428
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