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Re: checkout -D & -P

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: checkout -D & -P
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 15:31:26 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 19 Nov 2003, gilmurra wrote:

> I don't understand why the -D <date> option to checkout also implies -P.
> Can anyone explain this to me? This is not idle curiosity; I have a
> situation where I need -D <date> and an empty directory. Is there a way
> to override the implied -P?

If you need a directory to exist regardless of -P, then you have to use
some trick, like storing an empty file in it which has a visible
version as of the -D date or -r tag that you are checking out.

If you make that file now, its newly created 1.1 version will be out of
range for an old -D date, so the trick won't work.  You can hand-edit
the RCS file to give that version an old date, and also any branch
or version tags needed to ``fake out'' its history, so that the empty
directory gets created when these symbolic revisions are used.

Meta-CVS: directory structure versioning; versioned symbolic links;
versioned execute permission; versioned property lists; easy branching
and merging and third party code tracking; all implemented over the
standard CVS command line client --

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