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importing vendor branch and removed files

From: Spiro Trikaliotis
Subject: importing vendor branch and removed files
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 18:17:41 +0100
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I'm using cvs import for the first time, so I have a question on this. I
started importing a project with is some years old and has not been
managed by CVS so far into CVS. The project regularly sent out full
archives of the source files.

Now, I wrote a skript which untars each full archive and imports it into
the repository using the version number as tag (with "." replaced by

Everything works, except for one detail: If I checkout the latest
revision, CVS checks out every file, even ones that do not exist with
the latest revision anymore. This does not occur if I specifically check
out the release with the tag.

I read chapter 13 of the cederqvist, especially 13.2 which tells me:

   "Since import has no way to detect removed files, you should do a
   merge like this even if import doesn't tell you to."

So, this behaviour seems to be by design. Anyway, I ask myself if I can
do anything about this to change this behaviour? Section 13.2 seems to
tell me that I can change this in the main branch. Unfortunately, there
is no main branch currently (I want to track the changes without doing
local modifications. The reason for this is that the tar.gz take more
than 1 GB, while the CVS repository only takes 50 MB uncompressed, or 8
MB compressed).

Is there any chance I can change this behaviour? I would even move the
files around (to the attic?) or fiddle with any configuration files if
that would help me.

Any help is appreciated,

Spiro R. Trikaliotis

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