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Re: CVS admin -l DEPRECATED?

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: CVS admin -l DEPRECATED?
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 09:42:31 -0800

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Aditya Gandhi <address@hidden> writes:

> When I run the cvs -H admin command it shows that  the -l command has
> been DEPRECIATED. This is on cvs client/ server
> Client: Concurrent Versions System (CVSNT) 2.0.12 (client/server)
> Server: Concurrent Versions System (scast-vc) (CVS) 1.11.1p1
> (client/server)
> While on
> Client: Concurrent Versions System (CVS) 1.11.9 (client)
> Server: Concurrent Versions System (scast-vc) (CVS) 1.11.1p1
> (client/server)
> It does not mention that the command has been deprecated.
> When was the command deprecated and do we know when it will be removed
> from the available commands list?

The CvsNT source base has added DEPRICATED to the 'cvs admin -l' as of
version 1.33 of src/admin.c on 2003-02-07.
(Use 'cvs -d :pserver:address@hidden:/usr/local/cvs checkout cvsnt'
to take a closer look at their sources.)

This action has not (yet) been taken by the version of cvs.

> Would this suggest that moving forward if we are rolling out a new
> process for the team (we are using CVS for doc mgmt as well and
> therefore need a way to lock docs) we should strongly advise them to use
> cvs edit/ watch rather than cvs admin -l

Yes. The use of 'cvs admin -l' and 'cvs admin -u' to implement RCS-style
locking for 'reserved checkouts' is not well integrated into cvs and is
heavily discouraged (search the info-cvs archives).

It looks like the CvsNT folks are in the process of phasing it out in
favor of the use of advisory locking such as 'cvs watch', but I have not
closely read their documentation.

        -- Mark
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