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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] anonymous id

From: Joshua Haberman
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] anonymous id
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 08:49:55 -0800

On Thu, 2003-10-30 at 03:27, Thomas Zander wrote:
> Hash: SHA1
> On Thursday 30 October 2003 11:45, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> > >>>>> "Tez" == Tez Kamihira <address@hidden> writes:
> >
> >     Tez> I made a tiny work to get rid of this problem. Using this
> >     Tez> patch, tla makes some random ID just like "Anonyous
> >     Tez> <address@hidden>" where GGGG is so-called GUID or UUID.
> >
> >     Tez> I don't know what kind of influences does it cause in the
> >     Tez> whole tla system. Is it harmful ? harmless ? or stupid idea ?
> >
> > I think this is bad because that ID is silently used in logs.  People
> > will set the id and forget it, and then they may end up with an
> > archive full of GoodStuff[tm] with anonymized log messages. 
> CVS has managed using the username for years; if you claim that it is worse 
> then thats a bit strange since I can really alter my ID at each commit. So 
> your claim that a real email would make it better seems a bit strange.

CVS does not support branching and merging across repository boundaries,
and therefore does not have the burden of making ID strings globally
unique.  Using a username for an ID string is certainly insufficient.


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