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Re: Editing author names in RCS files


From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: Editing author names in RCS files
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 01:11:15 -0500
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Hrm.  There are valid reasons why an admin might want to rewrite the
author field in an RCS archive.  Of course, such a hypothetical admin
might also very well figure out how to do that easily with shell
access to the repository and `sed'.

There are also valid reasons for not wanting a user to be able to do
so, but the cvsadmin group would probably be sufficient protection
against that.


    cvs admin -Xauthor:oldauthor=newauthor[:rev]

is somewhat redundant since inclusion of REV would respecify
OLDAUTHOR.  Perhaps two formats could be accepted:

    cvs admin -Xauthor:oldauthor=newauthor
    cvs admin -Xauthor:rev:newauthor

or similar?


Regardless, I'm ambivalent.

Derek

Mark D. Baushke wrote:

> [E-mail forwarded to address@hidden for discussion on
> a request that originated on the address@hidden list.]
>
> The CVS command does support some long-named options,
> but the 'cvs admin' sub-command does not.
>
> It might be possible to add an option like:
>
>   cvs admin -Xauthor:oldauthor=newauthor[:rev]
>
> to deal with this particular situation.
>
> As to your suggestion that many other people will want
> it occasionally, I would have expected to see hacks or
> requests for it published for RCS or CVS previously if
> that were the case.  However, the request from Sylvain
> was the first I had ever seen requesting such a change
> in the RCS ,v files.
>
> There is also a case to be made that being able to
> trivially alter the author field reduces the ability
> to understand who has really committed a given change
> to the source repository.
>
> I would like to hear discussion on the desirability
> of a patch to cvs before considering adoption of it.
>
>     -- Mark
>
> ------- Forwarded Message
>
> From: Richard Stallman <address@hidden>
> To: "Mark D. Baushke" <address@hidden>
> CC: address@hidden
> In-reply-to: <address@hidden> (address@hidden)
> Subject: Re: Editing author names in RCS files
> Reply-to: address@hidden
> References: <address@hidden>
> <address@hidden>
> <address@hidden> <address@hidden>
> Message-Id: <address@hidden>
> Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 17:15:38 -0500
>
> I think it would be a good idea to add this feature to CVS.  Surely
> many other people will want it occasionally.  But I'd suggest giving
> it a long-named option instead of a short one, since it will not be
> used frequently.
>
> Does CVS support long-named options?
>
> ------- End of Forwarded Message
>

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