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RE: PATCH: backport of symlink fix for issue 142 to cvs

From: Shaun Tancheff
Subject: RE: PATCH: backport of symlink fix for issue 142 to cvs
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 11:50:05 -0600

> Paul Edwards <> wrote:
> "Derek Robert Price" <address@hidden> wrote in message 
> news:mailman.2596.1067352558.21628.bug-> address@hidden
> > In 
> addition to the destabilizing potential 
> of the patch, I was 
> > inclined to consider this a new feature and not a bug fix 
> since it has 
> > been broken for so long that few long-time users of CVS 
> expected it to 
> > work.
> I'm a long term user of CVS, and I had no idea that such a 
> problem existed.

It seems to me that this is a case of using soft links where 
modules are the CVS solution. This does not appear to be an 
issue for individual files being soft linked. 

> > Run the question by info-cvs and be sure to point out the 
> > destabilizing potential (which we do not generally inflict 
> > _intentionally_ on the "stable" branch, Paul - regardless 
> of how much 
> > one or two users would like to see a feature in the stable 
> branch, I 
> > don't like intentionally violating the contract we created when we 
> > advertised the branch as "stable"
> Stable to me means bug fixes only.
> I'd be equally happy if there was a check in there for 
> Lockdir which says "your repository is symlinked, you can't 
> use lockdir", should I ever have the misfortune of trying to 
> activate this feature unwittingly.
> In the absence of someone willing to write such code, but
> in the presence of someone who is willing to write code that 
> fixes that by making lockdir work with symbolic links, as I 
> would have expected at the time it was written, I'd rather 
> have the latter.
> This is speaking as an end-user who may unwittingly enable 
> Lockdir, expecting it to work.
> BFN.  Paul.
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