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Re: s the cvs status always shows tags in ordered?

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: s the cvs status always shows tags in ordered?
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:16:07 -0500

Michael Haggerty writes:
> Larry, do you know of specific situations where the symbol ordering is
> not preserved, or are you just reluctant to guarantee that it won't
> happen in the future?

Lots of people have repository files that were originally created with
RCS rather than CVS, and some people even continue to use RCS on CVS
repository files.  I have no idea whether RCS uses the same order as CVS
or not, I'm not even sure that CVS has always used the current ordering,
and I'm certainly not willing to guarantee that it won't change in the
future since there are good reasons to use a more sophisticated data
structure than a sequentially searched linear list.  The RCS file format
doesn't guarantee any order so you shouldn't rely on one.
Larry Jones

Oh, what the heck.  I'll do it. -- Calvin

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