[cvsnt] cvs rename bugs

Joe.VanQuakebeke at ingenix.com Joe.VanQuakebeke at ingenix.com
Fri Aug 25 15:08:45 BST 2006

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If we are taking a vote then I vote for two separate commands.
	cvs mv - moves a file to a separate directory (preserves
	cvs rename - rename a file (preserves history) restricted to the
current directory.

	My personal opinion for the two operations is that these really
are two totally different operations.  If an engineer wants to rename
file, that should mean they want the file to have a different name.  If
an engineer wants to move a file then that should mean the engineer want
to move the file to a different directory.  Those are 2 very different
operations.  Even if Unix/Linux does allow the mv command to do both,
that does not mean that cvsnt should do the same thing. File System
changes mean very different things to an SCM tool and to an OS. The OS
doesn't care about history of operations, while the SCM tool cares
deeply about preserving this information.  

Just my 2 cents.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org 
> [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org] On Behalf Of Andreas Tscharner
> Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 5:37 AM
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> Subject: Re: [cvsnt] cvs rename bugs
> David Somers wrote:
> [snip]
> > BTW, you were using rename to move files... *rename* is, 
> IMHO, not *move*.
> I agree that a rename is not a move, but a move can be a rename...
> > 
> > I'm not sure how other people on this list feel, but to me 
> there is a 
> > great difference between a simple rename operation and 
> wanting to move 
> > files around. Perhaps rename should, therefore, be restricted to 
> > simple file or directory rename operations, and moves done 
> through a 
> > new command (like "move"). Tony, others, thoughts?
> I'd vote for one single command
> cvs mv <old> <new>
> or
> cvs move <old> <new>
> similar to the unix command mv (which means both)
> Best regards
> 	Andreas
> -- 
> Andreas Tscharner                          
> andreas.tscharner at metromec.ch
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