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RE: Commit inconsistency: Up-to-date check did not fail though it sho ul

From: Reinstein, Shlomo
Subject: RE: Commit inconsistency: Up-to-date check did not fail though it sho uld have !
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 06:13:38 +0200

> "Reinstein, Shlomo" <address@hidden> wrote in 
> message news:<address@hidden>...
> > - User B commits his changes to p, without first updating 
> his working copy.
> > Against all expectations, user B succeeds to commit even 
> though his working
> > copy is not up to date, leading to an unstable latest 
> version of the project
> > in the repository.
> User B is an idiot for not performing a commit over the entire tree
> which is affected by his change, and for having unrealistic
> expectations on what a single-file commit ought to do.

Why rush into conclusions? User B did perform a commit over the entire tree,
which is why I am reporting this on the mailing list.

> Just go to the highest relevant directory and type ``cvs ci'' with no
> arguments, or at most a -m to specify the message.
> In Meta-CVS, if you do a ``mcvs ci'' with no arguments anywhere in the
> tree, it will commit on the entire project, directory structure, files
> and all. The tag and update commands work similarly.

We don't use meta-CVS, but we have a Perl wrapper around CVS. One of the
things this wrapper does is disable commits from anywhere inside a project.
Users are only allowed to commit from the top level directory of a project.

> The only way to say ``commit (or update or tag) this directory only''
> is to specify the single parameter .
> The other commands like log and diff work just on the current
> directory and its subdirectories when no arguments are given.

Same with our Perl wrapper.

> This design is deliberate; it promotes consistency. If you make it
> awkward for people to achieve consistency---by for instance forcing
> them to ``cd'' to some higher directory to do a commit---they will
> fail to do so, at least some fraction of the time.

They don't have a choice... They cannot fail to do so.

> > - The repository is on NFS.
> In related news, user B's CVS administrator is also an idiot.

And why is that?

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