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Re: Loading files into CVS with a declared date

From: Kevin Oberman
Subject: Re: Loading files into CVS with a declared date
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 15:41:23 -0800

> From: address@hidden (Paul Sander)
> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 14:34:00 -0800
> CVS has no such option, but RCS does.  The ci program, which creates a new
> revision in a ",v" file, can override the system time when storing a
> timestamp.  To use it, you must muck directly with the repsitory.
> --- Forwarded mail from address@hidden
> I have the job of transitioning a large archive from an in-house system
> to CVS. I have all of the tools to do the maintenance of the repository,
> but I need to load all of the historical data into my repository. I have
> the time-stamps when these files were entered into my archive and the
> change-log information.
> Is there any way to force a commit to put a timestamp on a commit? Any
> hacks to cvs to allow this? I guess what I want to do is:
> cvs commit -D "1997-10-23 20:45" file, but there is no such command.
> --- End of forwarded message from address@hidden

Thanks to all who replied, Paul Sander, Mark D. Baushke, and Allan

I think using ci to insert my files into an RCS repository looks like
the ticket. Can I then import the RCS repository into a cvs repository?
That looks like the a job for cvs import. Since the CVS repo is being
newly created and will be empty at the start, it looks like I can just
dump all of my files into the RCS repo and do an import into CVS. 

Am I reading the man pages correctly?

Thanks again and have a Happy Thanksgiving (even if you live in another
country and have never eaten cranberry sauce)!
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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