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RE: Problem checking in large files

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Problem checking in large files
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 16:20:14 -0500

Eric Siegerman [mailto:address@hidden wrote:
> For the record, "cvs log" and "cvs status" can display different
> values for the "-k" setting.  The former is the value stored in
> the ,v file.  The latter is the "sticky" setting that's actually
> in use in your sandbox; it will override the former if they
> differ.
Thanks for the correction, I should have mentioned 'log' to begin with.

> Or:
>     cvs admin -kb file        # Change the setting in the ,v file
>     cvs update -A file        # Propagate the change to the sandbox
>                       # (yes, you do need the -A here)
>     Then check in a good copy of the file
Ah, it's amazing how old habits stick. When I first learned how to get
around this problem, I didn't have CVS admin privileges, and the "cvs admin"
command could *only* be used by administrators. It was easier to
remove/re-add the file than to track down an admin ;-) So, as a matter of
habit I use the remove/add -bk route, even though I currently have admin
privileges (and it seems you don't need them to use -kb now).

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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