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Re: old fileattr files - safe to delete?

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: old fileattr files - safe to delete?
Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 11:16:24 -0700

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CARTER-HITCHIN, David, GBM <address@hidden> writes:

> We've got a bunch of CVS/fileattr files in our repository that are ancient.
> I think I'm right in saying that the only way that these get created are
> when people run 'cvs watch' and 'cvs edit'.  The people who did this have
> long since gone and so have their logins.  Is it safe to just delete the
> fileattr files to get rid of the watches or is there an official way?

The CVS/fileattr files are there to do book keeping on advisory locking
and 'cvs watch' files. You should be able to remove any of those files
without hurting the correct operation of the repository. So, yes, it is
safe to just delete the fileattr files.

When cvs 1.12.14 comes out, there will be a way for a cvs 'admin'
to remove specific user locks or watches from specific files. I do
not believe there is any command to just find all of them and purge
a specific user that has had their login removed.

        -- Mark

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