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Re: commit output


From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: commit output
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 14:21:48 -0700

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Derek Robert Price <address@hidden> writes:

> Mark D. Baushke wrote:
> 
> > >I think I would actually like to fix feature to never output the "RCS
> > >file...", "Checking in...", and "done" lines.  They are redundant and
> > >unnecessary.  Any comments?
> >
> > You might want to drop a note on folks that are doing programatic
> > interfaces to cvs (eg, eclipse.org has a eclipse-dev mailing list). I
> > would suspect that this kind of change may cause some of them grief
> > along the way...
> 
> 
> Well, the information I'm removing _is_ redundant and unnecessary.
> Helping the Eclipse folks keep up-to-date is a nice thought, but I
> would hope the Eclipse folks would be able to read the NEWS file and
> ignore the incorrect lines.

I agree. I just thought it might warrant a wider audience as to the
upcoming change.

> I simply don't think we want to relinquish that sort of control over
> our output.  It would be one thing if we were trying to take away
> information somebody needed, but any reordering, removal of redundant
> info, moving/addition of quotes, etc., I would expect anyone parsing
> CVS's output to be able to handle on their own.

True.

> As a long term goal, it might be nice to export most CVS functionality
> via a convenient library API so that these issues don't crop up so
> often.  Another possibility would be to enable an XML output mode for
> external parsers.

Isn't this the purpose of the libcvs project?

> Regardless, I don't want to have to try and get approval for tidying
> output from every project that happens to be parsing our output.  It's
> impractical and would hamper development severely.  I _don't_ object
> to trying to keep output on "stable" from changing much, but feature
> is another matter.

True enough. I have no objections with putting your suggested changes
into the feature version of cvs. I thought I read your original question
as pertaining to altering the 'stable' version of cvs which I think
requires a bit of a bigger audience for announcing that change...

        -- Mark
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