[cvsnt] Moving files to different directories

Bo Berglund Bo.Berglund at system3r.se
Tue Mar 28 17:04:51 BST 2006

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Why not:

1. Create the new directory structure on the server

2. Copy the RCS files you want to be in this new directory structure
from their old locations

3. Also make copies with new names if that is what you want

4. Then via CVS do a cvs remove command on the files you have copied
above and commit

The original files will now be retained in the version history and even
though they have been removed they will be available for checking out on
previous tags.

The semi-new files will appear in the new directories and with new names
but they still have an old history that has been transported inside the
RCS files. So you can see on these files what happened previously to the
actual "move"

If someone is working on a branch on a file that has been cvs removed
then it does not matter because on his branch the file is still alive.
The problem comes the day he wants to merge the changes back to trunk
when he finds that tghere is no HEAD revision anymore....

Best regards,

Bo Berglund

-----Original Message-----
From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org] On Behalf
Of Harrison, Andrew
Sent: den 28 mars 2006 16:46
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Subject: [cvsnt] Moving files to different directories


I've not been subscribing to these lists for some time, so sorry if this
has already been covered. I've looked at the list archives and the wiki
and haven't found the details I'm looking for.

We are about to do a bit of restructuring to our project which will
include creating a new directory structure and moving files from the old
structure to the new structure. Most files will retain the same file
names, but it is possible that a few file names may also need to change.

I know I can do this simply by creating a new directory, copy the file
from the old to the new, add the new file, remove the old file, delete
the old directory, and finally commit the whole lot.

However, since this is still an active development, we want to be able
to do it with minimal impact on users.

Current file - OldDir/MyFile.c
Take a branch, move OldDir/MyFile.c to NewDir/MyFile.c
OldDir/MyFile.c independently changed on trunk.
Merge trunk into branch, changes are merged into NewDir/MyFile.c
Merge branch into trunk, OldDir/MyFile.c is moved to NewDir/MyFile.c
User with existing branch with modified OldDir/MyFile.c merges from
trunk, OldDir/MyFile.c is moved to NewDir/MyFile.c and merges applied.

Using the delete/add method would mean that these merges would have to
be done manually. 

And so to my question - will cvs rename handle this, or does it only
handle renaming of files within a directory. And is it still considered

Client: Concurrent Versions System (CVSNT) 2.0.41a (client/server)
Server: Concurrent Versions System (CVSNT) 2.0.58d (client/server)

As you can see from my cvs version, I'm not exactly up-to-date with the
server version. Is there significant differences in rename in 2.5.x, and
is it worth using/waiting for 2.6.x instead?


Andy Harrison - Platform Software Engineer 
Anite Telecoms Ltd. Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ,
UK [http://www.anite.com/telecoms]
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