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Re: Timestamping Tags?

From: Claude Johnson
Subject: Re: Timestamping Tags?
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 16:58:50 -0800 (PST)

Alright, I stand corrected.

But is there any way, easy or not, to be able to cross-reference
the date and time of a tag's creation with the tag itself? And
more importantly, is there any good reason that anyone can give
for doing this.

In this case, what we would like to do a build based on a certain
tag (and let's assume the tag is date and timestamped). Then when
we are debugging this build, we can go back and find every
check in made that would have gone into the build (ie. every
check in prior to tagging and building). Is there a way to address
this problem in CVS (simple or not)?

On Sun, 3 Mar 2002, Greg A. Woods wrote:

[-][ On Sunday, March 3, 2002 at 11:53:34 (-0800), Claude Johnson wrote: ]
[-]> Subject: Timestamping Tags?
[-]> And I realize that tags are all
[-]> about corroborating the state of the code at an exact moment
[-]> in time.
[-]That's not quite right.  In fact in some situations it's not even close.
[-]Normal milestone tags as well as branch tags (and branch base point
[-]tags) are usually representative of the state of a given working
[-]directory at a given point in time.  A working directory does not have
[-]to be updated to be tagged (though of course it should normally not have
[-]any uncommitted changes).
[-]Normally "cvs rtag" (which tags a module independently of any working
[-]directory) is run with another tag (-r EXISTING_TAG) specified, and it's
[-]normally only supposed to be used to create branch tags from branch base
[-]point tags or to rename an existing tag.
[-]About the only time a tag is specifically representative of the state of
[-]the code (on a given branch) at a given point of time is when you
[-]created the tag using "cvs rtag -D".  Given the the inaccuracies date
[-]specifications can lead to this is not normally recommended practice.
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