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Re: address@hidden: Re: rename in cvs]

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: address@hidden: Re: rename in cvs]
Date: 11 Oct 2001 17:55:15 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.107

> * In message <address@hidden>
> * On the subject of "Re: address@hidden: Re: rename in cvs]"
> * Sent on Thu, 11 Oct 2001 17:08:07 -0400 (EDT)
> * Honorable address@hidden (Greg A. Woods) writes:
> I suggest you do a survey of similar tools and count the number that
> can do exactly what you want.  I suspect you'll find that number to be
> quite low and almost certainly only include high-end commercial
> packages.

As I said in another message, in Emacs, M-x vc-rename-file RET will work
when the back-end is RCS or SCCS, but not when it is CVS.

I have no idea what SCCS is, but I thought that RCS was _more_ primitive
than CVS.

All the problems you are talking about here (merging &c) arise for one
simple reason - you do not have "cvs mv" and you make people think that
"cvs add/rm" has anything to do with renaming.

There are two levels to renaming:
 * you can go the "filesystem" way, do mv(1) and forget the old name
 * or you can go the "change management: way, and remember the old
   name(s), permitting undo &c.
Not providing _either_ is brain damage.

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