[cvsnt] cvs rename bugs

Mark Levedahl noone at nospam.net
Sat Aug 26 14:34:22 BST 2006

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Bo Berglund wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Aug 2006 22:48:42 -0400, Mark Levedahl <noone at nospam.net>
> wrote:
>> David Somers wrote:
>>> Mark Levedahl wrote:
>>>> Using 2.5.03, Build 2382, I've found two bugs in cvs rename that
>>>> required manual hacking of the repository for recovery:
>>> Hardly surprising since rename is experimental/unstable.
>>> Doing anything more complicated than an in-directory file rename is not
>>> recommended... using it for moves across directories is mad.
>> Then perhaps March-Hare should not claim that cvsnt has rename, much 
>> less compare it to that of svn, etc?
> Do you really consider *moving* a file from one location to a
> completely different place as *renaming* the file???
> This is not what I consider a rename....
> /Bo
> (Bo Berglund, developer in Sweden)

This has little to do with what I consider to be anything, and 
everything to do with what cvsnt has implemented AND documented.

The bugs I noted were inadvertently discovered by a user of a repository 
I maintain, by using DOCUMENTED features of cvsnt. The manual certainly 
does not indicate this is a dangerous operation, much less that you risk 
corrupting a repository.

You can argue all day long about whether the semantics or features are 
optimal or correct or even useful. Tony implemented what he did, giving 
cvs rename (alias cvs mv) ostensibly the same capabilities as mv.

And, as I noted, the STABLE cvsnt release has bugs in this 
implementation that can corrupt a repository.

I would think the last statement would cause pause: my belief is that 
repository corrupting bugs should be fixed. Apparently, that is a very 
strange viewpoint.

As Charlie Brown would say, "Good grief."

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