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RE: Ident lockup

From: Aaron S. Hawley
Subject: RE: Ident lockup
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 14:12:44 -0400 (EDT)

I didn't fully process that your "RCS" file was a link.  Which DOS-based
operating system allows file links?  Is this some incarnation of Windows
NT(tm)? I only knew of file "shortcuts".

I tried looking for any specific checks for the file name "RCS" in Ident's
or RCS's source code, but nothing stuck out at me.

I used RCS installed on Debian GNU/Linux and I get a different message:

ident error: RCS: Is a directory

but I couldn't even find where in Ident's source code this error was being

a bit obscure, but interesting.

On Wed, 18 Aug 2004, Aaron Manning wrote:

> In my scenario, RCS isn't a directory, but an actual file.
> 10/20/2003  10:21 AM                69 RCS
> 08/18/2004  09:35 AM               414 tester.bak
> 08/18/2004  09:35 AM               414 tester.psp
> 08/18/2004  09:35 AM             7,119 tester2.bak
> 06/04/2004  09:05 AM    <DIR>          tester2.CS_
> 08/18/2004  09:35 AM             7,119 tester2.pjt
> 08/18/2004  09:35 AM             1,723 tester2.sbl
> Executing:
> C:\ident rcs
> rcs:
> ident warning: no id keywords in rcs
> C:\ident RCS
> <hangs... As if it's looking for further input>
> I wouldn't think that ident would care since windows (dos shell) is case
> insensitive anyway. I'm thinking there is some case-sensitive checking going
> on in Ident somewhere that is causing this.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Aaron S. Hawley [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 10:28 AM
> To: Aaron Manning
> Cc: address@hidden
> Subject: Re: Ident lockup
> As an addendum: on GNU/unix machines I observed this behavior:
> $ ident RCS
> RCS:
> ident warning: no id keywords in RCS
> $ ident rcs
> ident error: rcs: No such file or directory
> this is obviously a result of directories reading just like files on
> GNU/unix but not on Windows.
> perhaps the windows(tm) source of RCS should check if the filename is a
> directory.  this functionality is not crucial as there is no directory
> recursion behavior anyway. /a
> On Wed, 18 Aug 2004, Aaron Manning wrote:
> > Hello All,
> >
> >      I have a question with the functionality of Ident. Currently I am
> > using scripts to execute Ident on a list of files (100+). Within the
> > files is the a link file called "RCS" pointing to the rcs repository.
> > All files within the project are RCS'ed and when my script executes an
> > "Ident.exe RCS" to check for $Id$ tags, Ident will hang. It is the
> > same as if you just typed "Ident" with no file to check. I was
> > wondering if this is intended or maybe this is a bug? I am using the
> > RCS 5.7 Win version. I have verified that the linux version does not
> > hang on an "Ident.exe RCS" call. Also, if I use "Ident.exe rcs"
> > <lowercase> the hang issue does not occur? Has anyone else seen this?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Aaron

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