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Bizarre update behaviour

From: James Hughes
Subject: Bizarre update behaviour
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 12:07:15 -0500
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First, a bit of Changelog to illustrate my problem:

2002-03-11 17:50  jhughes

   * dps.pc (1.71): Added store_sig_repo message for use by fa

2002-03-06 16:22  jhughes

   * dps.pc (1.70): New message: get_dispatch_list

2002-02-15 14:46  jhughes

   * dps.pc (1.69): Fixed incorrect parameter bug in calls to
   query_*() functions

My first problem is that the change in rev 1.69 has disappeared sometime between 1.69 and 1.71. I've posted before about code getting clobbered and basically been told it's human error, which I can buy, but still, it's mystifying how 3 successive changes by the same developer result in changes disappearing.

However, what's more mystifying is what happened when I tried to restore the change that I had made in 1.69:
doing this

cvs up -r 1.69

resulted in 6 files with the message,
*.c is no longer in the repository

And not only that, but those same files had magically disappeared from the working directory. Repeated updates and a fresh checkout over the existing directory fail to pull them down again. However, creating a new directory and doing a fresh 'cvs co' pulled everything down as expected.

Can anyone tell what I'm doing wrong?

James Hughes
Esponsive Communications
613-549-3708 ext. 237

What is design?...It's where you stand with a foot
in two worlds--the world of technology and the world of
people and human purposes--and you try to bring the two together.

Mitchell Kapor, A Software Design Manifesto

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