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Re: Problems with cvswrappers MERGE directive

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Problems with cvswrappers MERGE directive
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 14:08:15 -0500 (EST)

Douglas Finkle writes [quoting me]:
> > 
> > That is not currently possible.
> Can you please be more verbose?

What more is there to say?  The current code interprets -kb as COPY.
There are no provisions for overriding it via wrappers.

> Also, I guess I don't understand the 
> point of the MERGE vs COPY directives. If the default behavior of
> CVS is to merge, unless I say COPY then what is MERGE for?

Duality?  The wrappers functionality was poorly designed and was never
well integrated with the rest of CVS.  As you may know, -t/-f wrappers
didn't work right in client/server mode and were eventually found to be
a source of potential data loss and were thus disabled.  -m 'COPY' also
appears to not be supported in client/server mode.  -m 'MERGE' is, as
you have noted, singularly useless, other than, perhaps, for
documentation purposes.  If you go poking around in the archives, you'll
find a great deal of discussion about wrappers, what's wrong with them,
and why they really need to be replaced with well thought out mechanisms
to solve the various unrelated problems they were pressed into service
to address.

-Larry Jones

That gives me a FABULOUS idea. -- Calvin

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