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Re: cvs add from a different directory

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: cvs add from a different directory
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 17:18:01 -0500 (EST)

Eric Siegerman writes:
> I agree that his suggested syntax is cumbersome.  But look behind
> that, and what he really needs is simply that CVS follow standard
> UNIX file-naming semantics:  given that /a/b/sandbox is in fact a
> CVS sandbox, why should CVS care which of these is used to name a
> file c/d within it?
>       cd /a/b/sandbox/c; cvs XXX d
>       cd /a/b/sandbox; cvs XXX c/d
>       cvs XXX /a/b/sandbox/c/d
> As with other UNIX commands, these three sequences should behave
> identically.

Yes, they should, and for *most* subcommands, they do; but add is
specifically documented as taking file *names*, not *paths*.  As the
manual says:

        Unlike most other commands, the add command is not recursive.
        You cannot even type `cvs add foo/bar'! Instead, you have to
                $ cd foo
                $ cvs add bar

(In fact, you *can* get away with `cvs add foo/bar' in many cases, but
not all.)

> One likely response is, "nobody's written the code; if you want
> to, feel free."  Fair enough.  But that's a very different answer
> from "CVS *should not* do this".

This, I have no problem with CVS doing -- feel free to write the code.

But I still don't think CVS should be changing working directories,
which is what the original request was.

-Larry Jones

I hate being good. -- Calvin

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