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Re: really delete a directory

From: Spiro Trikaliotis
Subject: Re: really delete a directory
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 15:22:50 +0200
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* On Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 04:40:36PM +0000 Dennis Jones wrote:
> There might still be a problem with that though.  If you create a symbolic 
> link in your local sandbox with the same name as the old folder, I'm not 
> sure how CVS will react to that -- it might cause problems with updates. 
> Perhaps someone else will chime in here and explain what would happen, or 
> offer some other suggestions.

I don't know about symbolic links, but CVS has problems if a directory
with the exact same name is generated - or if a directory with the same
name but differing upper-/lowercase is generated on systems where the
file system is case insensitive. You get reports about "XYZ is in the
way, move it away" on checkouts, which is really annoying.

Note that this always happens if someone accidentially checked-in a
directory where generates files are stored. If you cannot remove the
directory on the server, then you won't have much fun.

If you checkin a directory with differing upper-/lowercase, but else the
same name on a case insensitive system, but the server is case
sensitive, then CVS has much problems with it, even if you always update
with -P. Obviously, CVS first creates all directories, processes
everything, and purges all empty directories in a last step. Of course,
this does not work.

>From this experience, I would be very surprised if CVS would handle the
symbolic link correctly.

Best regards,

Spiro R. Trikaliotis                               

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