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Re: Removing Files on Tags

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: Removing Files on Tags
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 10:24:40 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 18 Jun 2003, Mischke, MaryBeth wrote:

>  I've seen the subject of CVS allowing files to be removed from tagged
> versions (as opposed to forcing you to create a branch to modify instead)

If you are talking about removing a file that has a sticky tag, no this
is not allowed. You get a message like: ``cannot remove file 'foo.c'
which has a numeric sticky tag of 1.1''.

> kicked around in a few other messages from a couple years ago.  Does anyone
> know if there has been an update on this lately?  From what I can tell that
> is still the default behavior.  The only way I can find to get around it is
> to disable permission for users to remove files through an access control
> list, but that is problematic as there are files that users need to remove

What? Removing an object in CVS causes new information to be recorded in
the history file. It does not constitute removal of the history file
from the repository. So to prevent a CVS remove at the operating system
level, your access control list would have to deny writes, which would
prevent users from changing the file in any way, or even recording new

> from non-tagged versions.

Or, in general, if some software allows something dangerous to happen,
you could get intelligent users who are capable of following 
``don't do that''-type instructions.

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