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RE: trouble with symlinks

From: Art
Subject: RE: trouble with symlinks
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 10:15:27 -0600

> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden Behalf Of
> Simon Strandgaard
> Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 9:12 AM
> To: address@hidden
> I dont see why this should be unsafe?
> I know there are many oddities when storing symlinks inside cvs.
> But i dont see why symlink pointing out of the repository to
> outside files, should be a problem?  It works partly for me, except
> that cvs look at the symlinks timestamps instead of the symliked-files.
> The freebsd man pages doesnt talk at all about symlinks. Where
> can i find some info on symlinks and cvs?
> Well thanks, i couldnt find any earlier messages on google that discussed
> the subject, the only thing i saw where trouble with link residing inside
> the
> repository.
> BTW, I have made a ruby script that syncronizes the timestamps, so i can
> commit.

Well. You seem to have a workaround for what you see as a problem.
Admittedly, I have only limited experience with CVS, however, I subscribe
to the philosophy of TAR and other Unix utilities which percieve symlinks
as metadata. So, they really are NOT part of the CVS repository if you
stick them in there, other than to perform a purpose YOU deem necessary.
As such, I would consider CVS to be working as designed and I would consider
any other behaviour to be YOUR responsibility, e.g., via triggers in CVS or
a layer you'd laid over it.



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