[Cvsnt] cvs update -D "date" when working on a branch broken as well

Richard Wirth r.wirth at wirthware.de
Fri May 24 23:24:11 BST 2002

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Hello Marcus,

Friday, May 24, 2002, 11:01:27 AM, you wrote:

MP> It seems that I have misunderstood the meaning of doing an "cvs diff" or
MP> "cvs update" with the "-D date" option.
No, not realy. The diff on the main trunc is working like expected
Only diff on branches requires an explicite revision number
(reperesenting the branch).
The update should also be used whith revision number/tag/branch. A
date again only refers to the main trunc.
MP> Is there no way to do operations
MP> on a branch based on the time/date? I can't get a snapshot of a branch by
MP> a date, or compare my local copy of a branch to an earlier version of the
MP> branch based on a date?
Unfortunately not. This feature is missing and should be added some
But you can 'log' a specific file for geting the revision of the
latest modification. Afterwards you can diff against that revision.

MP> I tried to read the Cederqvist but found no answer to my question, and not
MP> even anything on that the "update -D" or "diff -D" doesn't use the normal
MP> "sticky" behaviour when working on a branch.
Yes, the docs are very sparse.

But the output from cvs you send to the list is strange. If you do a "cvs
diff -D yesterday foo.c", it should respond "no revision for date
2002. in file foo.c" or something similar. So what
are the version of your server and client?
If both is CVSNT, there might be a real bug!

Best regards,
 Richard                            mailto:r.wirth at wirthware.de

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