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Re: Filename with initial minus/dash/hyphen

From: Pierre Asselin
Subject: Re: Filename with initial minus/dash/hyphen
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 00:29:44 +0000 (UTC)
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gwen_goodnight <address@hidden> wrote:
> My repository on a Linux workstation (Red Hat Enterprise 3.0)
> Concurrent Versions System (CVS) 1.11.2 (client/server)

> Some of my developers are using Windows workstations with WinCVS to access 
> the 
> repository.

> [ ... ]
> Everything works fine, except that the developers have a couple of files 
> whose filename 
> starts with a minus sign. (Too late to change the file names)

Is it ?  I think it would be an excellent idea to change the
names right now.

> cvs commit -m "test errorz" -- -X_test.sn3 (in directory C:\Documents and 
> Settings\mjmix\dev\)
> Checking in -X_test.sn3;
> /home/cm/DEV_CVS_ROOT/dev/-X_test.sn3,v  <--  -X_test.sn3
> cvs server: _test.sn3: No such file or directory
> cvs [server aborted]: error diffing -X_test.sn3

Don't know if it will work, but try "cvs commit ./-X_test.sn3"
If you're lucky the file name will be sent with the leading "./"
and if you're even luckier the server will use that same name
(which no longer begins with a dash).

Even if it works it is not a good solution because it forces
you to commit these files by name forevermore.  No committing
the top-level folder.  Please go change the names now.

pa at panix dot com

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