[cvsnt] Re: Latest updates

Tony Hoyle tmh at nodomain.org
Tue Dec 30 00:40:50 GMT 2003

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Ori Berger wrote:
> Is the repository still compatible with the cyclic CVS? If not, is there 
> any way to disable these extensions (refuse them at the server even if 
> client insists) to make sure that the repository remains compatible?

No, unless cyclic CVS decides to implement them :)  I don't think 
compatibility is going to be maintainable anyway in the long term (all 
possible solutions to file renaming for example implicitly break 
backward compatibility) - it's still possible to convert back using a 
python script or something like that - at the moment it's a matter of 
stripping a few keywords and expanding/re-encoding any special deltas.

Since CVSNT runs fine on Unix then there's little point in worrying 
about it.  You've always been able to make a repository incompatible 
simply by adding a unicode file, or changing a -k option during the 
lifetime of a file, or about a dozen other ways... there's just even 
more ways to do it that's all.

> How would tools that read the repository directly like WebCVS and 
> friends cope with these?

Nothing should read the repository directly - if it does it's broken. 
There are RCS wrappers that ship with CVSNT to allow RCS access (read 
only of course) and those do their best to remain compatible (mostly.. I 
just fixed them as the lockserver updates broke them a while back).


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