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Re: Removing a branch

From: Jim Hyslop
Subject: Re: Removing a branch
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 12:50:42 -0500
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Norman Crisp wrote:
> I'm attempting to remove a branch that was just created, so it can be
> recreated at a later time with more changes to the trunk.  The reading that
> I have done warns me that this is a dangerous exercise and should be
> avoided, but as there have been no changes to the branch I would simply like
> to just get rid of it.

This is one case where it is safe to delete the branch.

> I believe the command to be:
> cvs tag -d -B BRANCHNAME
> What I get in return is:
> cvs tag: in directory .:
> cvs [tag aborted]: there is no version here; run 'cvs checkout' first
> I'm a little confused, do I need to checkout the branch first, so I can then
> remove it?

No, you don't need to check out the branch first (in fact, it's better
if you don't, otherwise you might confuse CVS a little).

You must, however, run it from within a working directory that has the
project checked out.

Or, you can use the 'rtag' command instead of 'tag', in which case you
don't need a working directory at all.

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