[Cvsnt] Does "cvswrappers -t / -f" work yet ?

Arthur Barrett arthur.barrett at march-hare.com
Mon Jan 14 20:29:28 GMT 2002

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Can anyone tell me what the current status of the -t/-f flags for
cvswrappers is ?

I was told some time ago that it was disabled in CVS for windows (long
before cvsnt), and may be unwise to use even in Unix...

Brian Smith is trying to source control Oracle Developer source code, which
is stored (by default) in binary files.  Fortunately Oracle also provide an
alternative text file storage format, but it would be nifty to "transform"
the binary into text on it's way into CVS, and vice versa.

My understanding is that this is what the cvswrappers -t/-f flags are for...

Any help ?


Arthur Barrett

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Arthur Barrett
> Sent:	Tuesday, January 15, 2002 7:30 AM
> To:	'Brian Smith'; cvsnt at cvsnt.org cvsnt downloads at march-hare.com @CVSNT on Twitter CVSNT on Facebook
> Subject:	RE: [Cvsnt] cvswrappers *.* -k 'b'
> Brian,
> All versions of Oracle Developer can import/export in text format, I think
> it's in an administrative menu someplace, convert to ASCII....
> I also recall seeing some mention of being able to do do the binary->ascii
> conversion from the command line to automate the process.
> The cvswrappers file is also "supposed" to support 2 additional options
> -t/-f used to transform a file on its way into and out of CVS.  A perfect
> use of this would be to transform your Oracle Developer binary files to
> ascii files and vice versa.
> The bad news is that -t/-f does not work on CVS for Windows, and may not
> work on Unix anymore either.... The reasons for this seem lost in time,
> but one of the reasons I was told was that "there was something wrong in
> the implementation".  If you are Oracle Developer based though, I think
> that Tony is right in saying that binary source code and CVS are not going
> to be happy companions, so at least investigating the Unix CVS for this
> option would be worthwhile.
> There was some talk about implementing the cvswrapers -t/-f switches again
> in CVSNT, I'll post a new message to the group under a different subject
> and see if we can spark a little more conversation.
> Regards,
> Arthur Barrett
> 	-----Original Message-----
> 	From:	Brian Smith [SMTP:brian-l-smith at uiowa.edu]
> 	Sent:	Monday, January 14, 2002 8:55 AM
> 	To:	cvsnt at cvsnt.org cvsnt downloads at march-hare.com @CVSNT on Twitter CVSNT on Facebook
> 	Subject:	Re: [Cvsnt] cvswrappers *.* -k 'b'
> 	Oracle Developer (Oracle Forms and Reports) stores all of the
> 	information in a binary file format. In the newest version they will
> 	have a new xml-based file format that might be usable but I don't
> know
> 	how long it will take for that feature to become stable.
> 	Thanks for all the information.
> 	- Brian
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