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Re: Edit comments?

From: Noel L Yap
Subject: Re: Edit comments?
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 12:31:49 -0400

I had thought a little about this at one point.  IIRC, this would involve no
more than adding an extra subfield in fileattr and extending the protocol a
little.  I don't think this is that much work since the protocol can be extended
easily without breaking older clients/servers (but you may not have the new
feature if you use older clients/servers).

One thing to ensure is that special characters in the new subfield must be
escaped properly.

Using the comments for checkin may need some more thought.  For example, will
the edit comments be appended to the checkin comments or will they replace
checkin comments?


address@hidden on 2000.10.13 12:02:54

To:   address@hidden
cc:   (bcc: Noel L Yap)
Subject:  Edit comments?

I am a Macintosh programmer mostly, and one of the things that the
hoary old MPW Projector system had that I miss in CVS is the notion
of checkout comments.  Projector is an exclusive locking system and
when you locked a file, you had the option of adding a comment
describing what you intended to do.  This was very handy for both
small project communication and for jogging your memory.

The closest thing in CVS is the edit command.  edit maintains a list
of folks who are working on a file.  It occurred to me that there
could be an additional comment field in the editors list.  This would
work very nicely with the edit -c patches, but it would probably
require file format and protocol changes.  I'm also not sure how one
would extract the comment for the edit that was about to be committed.

Comments ;-)?  Suggestions?

- rmgw

Richard Wesley           Electric Fish, Inc.       address@hidden

"Grownups have the most uninteresting explanations for things."
                  - C. S. Lewis, _The Magician's Nephew_

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