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RE: "P" status from update

From: Schrum, Allan (Allan)
Subject: RE: "P" status from update
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 15:14:27 -0500

Perhaps leave the code but change the "Patched" indicator to be "U"? With
the "-t" trace option, this can then be output as a "P" for debugging


-----Original Message-----
From: Derek R. Price [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 3:01 PM
To: Larry Jones
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: "P" status from update

Larry Jones wrote:
> Derek R. Price writes:
>>Would anyone be very offended if I blew away update's "P" status code in
>>favor of "U"?  I am of the opinion that most users would like to assume
>>that CVS saved as much bandwidth as possible and could care less about
>>running status about whether CVS was successful in this endeavor or not.
> It seems like a gratuitous change to me -- I'd leave it alone.

Only semi-gratuitous, and though I neglected to mention it the first
time, I would only do this on feature.  I've been teaching CVS training
classes for the last few years, and the difference between "U" and "P"
usually appears to be one of the topics where it seems student's eyes
begin glazing over.  I get the impression that the students that
understand generally don't care and the students that haven't used diff
& patch before sometimes need to be told second and subsequent times.  I
usually end up explaining the difference between "U" and "P" again at
least once per class while I am running the students through examples
after a lecture.  I believe the comment from one student was, "we want
to know how to use CVS, not how it works."  The existance of the "P"
status code at all now seems somewhat gratuitous to me.



Derek R. Price
CVS Solutions Architect
Ximbiot <http://ximbiot.com>
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