[Cvsnt] issue regarding comments and tags

Bo Berglund Bo.Berglund at system3r.se
Thu Apr 18 11:52:44 BST 2002

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I think that this 'problem' is a CVS issue rather than CVSNT.
Basically what you refer to as 'comment' is the log message that
you can enter on a commit to explain what was done. This
information is stored with the individual *changed* files
when you do the commit.
When you 'tag' a module then what you do is that you put a text
marker in *all* files in the module at the revision they are
currently in no matter if they have changed recently or not.
This tag is used so that you later can retrieve the same set of
files in the same revision level they had when the tag was put
there. Also the tags are stored in the individual files on the

Now, what you ask for is a way to add both a comment and the tag at
the same time so that a descriptive text can be associated with the
tag and help out later when viewing the tag to decide which tag is
relevant for update. I don't think that such a feature exists in CVS
and if it is introduced in CVSNT chances are that the RCS files will
become non-compatible with the general CVS system.
Maybe Tony Hoyle can comment on this?
Anyway, until such time you will have to make your tags more descriptive
by themselves, like March_16_Devel_Beta5 or similar.


-----Original Message-----
From: Arvind Raman [mailto:arvind_raman_tech at yahoo.com]
Sent: den 18 april 2002 11:38
Subject: [Cvsnt] issue regarding comments and tags

I had a seemingly trivial issue regarding comments
and tags. When I commit modified files to the database
Cvs gives me an option to associate a comment with the
changes made. If I commit only the modified files and
not the entire directory structure Cvs only associates
the comments with the modified files ; which is

Now when I assign a tag to the root of the directory
structure Cvs doesn't give me any option of asigning a
comment there.

I have a habit of assigning tags as 1_0,1_1,1_2 etc.
Now if I would like to know why the version 1_2 was
created or what specific purpose it served, I have no
way of knowing it except for possibly looking at the
comments which were assigned while checking in the
files. Isn't it possible to assign a comment
specifically with the tags.

Would appreciate any help or suggestions. This is a
feature which I guess most of the commercial version
control systems have.

Thanks and regards

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