[cvsnt] Re: Catch-all solution for changing -k modes?

Oliver Giesen ogware at gmx.net
Mon Dec 13 22:24:55 GMT 2004

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Oliver Giesen wrote:

> I'm about to write a WinCvs macro for changing the -k mode of selected
> files. I want this macro to work both with older and newer CVS/NT
> client and server versions. AFAIHU the procedure for doing this has
> changed somewhere in between 2.0.51 and 2.0.58 :
> Is there maybe some other way that would work both with GNU CVS/older
> CVSNT releases and the newer CVSNT?

Right. I guess I will now go for the following sequence of commands:

cvs admin -k[whatever] file(s)  (does nothing on CVSNT 2.0.58+)
cvs update -k[whatever] file(s) (effectively does nothing on pre-2.0.58)
cvs commit -f -m"changed k-option" file(s) (optional on pre-2.0.58)

BTW: For documentation reasons: Which was the exact version when commit
after update -k became required?

While I'm at it, here's an idea:

Currently, after the Update -k you effectively have uncommitted changes
in your sandbox. Yet, cvs status still reports the file as up-to-date
(that's why the -f is required on commit after all) and if you don't
commit right away for some reason it's quite easy to miss this. Could
there maybe be some way to make this more transparent? E.g. changing
the timestamp info in the Entries file to something like "Pending
option change" when the cvs up -k is done?

Furthermore, the commandline reference for cvs up -A reads "Reset any
sticky tags/date/kopts.". Yet, this is obviously no longer true (not
sure if it ever was). You cannot reset the k-option once you've done
the cvs update -k . AFAICT the only way to undo that without knowing
what the previous k-option was is releasing the folder and checking it
out anew... or am I missing something?


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