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Re: Feature request: keep CVS/Entries in sorted order


From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: Feature request: keep CVS/Entries in sorted order
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2003 16:11:26 -0700

Ed Avis <address@hidden> writes:

> In the working copy there is a CVS/Entries file in each directory.  As
> far as I can tell the order of the lines in this file does not matter,
> and CVS currently appends new lines to the end of the file.
> 
> When diffing one working copy against another (simply with 'diff -r',
> as you might do when resolving import conflicts, for
> example) spurious differences in the Entries file can show up simply
> because the ordering of lines differs.  This makes it harder to spot
> real differences in these files.
> 
> CVS could sort Entries into ASCIIbetical order before writing
> it.  This would make sure that two Entries files with the same meaning
> have the same representation, so diffing would be easier.

The timestamps will also differ. Use GNU diffutils and then use a
command like:

    diff -x CVS -r -u -p original-directory new-directory

to get the output you want that ignores all of the CVS directories.

        -- Mark




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