[cvsnt] Re: vendor branch and import problem

Tony Hoyle tmh at nodomain.org
Fri Feb 27 09:22:33 GMT 2004

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Oliver Giesen wrote:

> Aaaaargh! I do NOT lose any history. All the revisions are there on the
> vendor branch where I want them. I wouldn't be doing it if I were losing my
> history everytime!
Of course you do...  If you been eg. 50 revisions to the file then you
import the 'new' tree, then those 50 revisions are compressed into a 
single one when you reapply them - that's a loss of history (although 
the history is still technically available, it's not useful as it only 
refers to the old version).

>> A proper baseline would allow you to change the
>>sources your changes were based on without losing any history up to
>>that point.
> I still don't get what you're talking about I'm afraid...
Baseline support means that a sandbox/repository has two sources - your 
working changes and a reference source (which may be another CVS 
repository or just a regular set of updates from a vendor).

You can the update the baseline without changing your changes - 
especially useful if the baseline is a CVS repository as you can track 
seamlessly between the two sets & see all the changes/comments.

Ideally you can then push your changes back upstream including all the 

All of this is future work though (and not particularly high priority as 
there's other preparatory work to do first).


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