[evs] Does EVS remove some of CVS limitations?

Arthur Barrett arthur.barrett at march-hare.com
Tue Feb 5 21:07:40 GMT 2008

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> A perfect example for how renames are important are in Java programming. 
> In Java, the class name must match the filename.  So for example, a file 
> called TestExample.java would contain a class called TestExample. 
> Furthermore, it's path within my project determines its package.  So my 
> src/eric/test/TestExample.java class would actually be referred to as 
> eric.test.TestExample() in my code.  If I renamed my class from 
> TestExample to Example, and moved it to src/eric/functional/Example.Java I 
> would be forced to then rename my class obect to Example.java.  And then 
> within my code, I would start referring to it as 
> eric.functional.Example().
> So when I merge my branch back, if those file renames/moves aren't carried 
> over in some way or another, I would find myself with build errors all 
> over the place, and be forced to figure out which filenames have changes 
> and rename them a second time.

Yes - not having a Java developer on staff means that we are just oblivious 
to this sort of thing till someone raises it.

As much as non-Java programmers think that this behaviour of the java 
compiler is ludicrous, it's not about to change, and there is a lot of Java 
development going on so we need to support it well.

Tony has his head stuck in some pretty complex code right now but I have 
asked him to read this thread and comment on it ASAP.

Based on your description I think that yes EVS v1 should support 'merge 
renames' - whether that is the default or an option - it's a part of the 
'rename problem' for Java developers.  Me wanting it in v1 doesn't 
automatically make it happen though, our next planning meeting is on the 



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