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Re: Any limits on Rcs version numbers?

From: Aaron S. Hawley
Subject: Re: Any limits on Rcs version numbers?
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 11:19:46 -0500 (EST)


RCS version numbers are obviously stored and i believe internally
represented as strings, so any of the usual machine arithmetic limits are

did you try this?

touch foo
ci -i365000000 foo

so revision numbers wouldn't appear to be a problem.  who knows if there
aren't any other design imposed bug limits in RCS.

these sorts of problems are what the usual database management systems
(DBMS) are for.

good luck,

On Sun, 7 Dec 2003, Hal Morris wrote:

> Are there any limits on rcs version numbers?
> I.e. can I do 100 deltas a day for 10 years and it won't break down?
> I'm thinking of using rcs in the implementation of an unorthodox sort of
> database.  The data will take the form a large Perl structure, which
> is output with Data::Dumper and input just by 'do'-ing the output file.
> In fact I'm already using something like this, but wondering how far I can
> push it.
> (You must for sure do this
>    $Data::Dumper::Sortkeys = 1;
> if you want it to work reasonably well -- otherwise you add an element
> to a hash which may cause the hash table to be reallocated, and then
> every element gets rearranged randomly).
> Please at least cc me on replies; I don't always watch the list closely.
> Thanks, and best wishes,  Hal

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