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RE: question on removing tags

From: Arthur Barrett
Subject: RE: question on removing tags
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:29:34 +1100


Tag 'labels' use up extremely little space inside the repo.

I personally recommend they are always left in place (they are historical 

Eclipse is not the only CVS client that processes these so poorly that it takes 
additional (unwarranted) time.  You may be able to speed up Eclipse by using 

I've thought for a while of adding a feature (to CVSNT, or Eclipse) to 'hide' 
tags based on some pattern or critieria.



> -----Original Message-----
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> address@hidden 
> [mailto:address@hidden
> org] On Behalf Of KM
> Sent: 31 May 2013 01:37
> To: cvs-user-list
> Subject: question on removing tags
> I have a general question.  I've looked at the manual and 
> this doesn't seem harmful, but I wanted to ask the experts :-)
> We have a build system (created by other CMs before I 
> arrived), that create a CVS tag of the head for each build 
> before checking out and compiling etc.  Needed to say after 
> years there are many/hundreds of tags such as 
> PROD-VER-YYYYMMDD.  When we go to look for a certain version 
> in eclipse there are so many I often get memory errors when 
> trying to search.
> Also - there are special tags created for the needed versions 
> like general availability release versions, and the 
> integration testing versions that are delivered to the testing team.  
> So i want to remove a lot of the old tags using "cvs rtag -d 
> <old tag name>  module".   Is this OK?  I have deleted a few 
> and it seems ok.. If I keep cleaning so that many are removed 
> will it be harmful to the history or the CVS repository.   
> Does it take up more space via recording these changes or 
> anything like that either?   
> Thanks as always.  Needless to say - I hope to look into this 
> build process.  
> KM

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