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RE: add/remove against a read-only repository.

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: add/remove against a read-only repository.
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 14:39:45 -0500

Sergei Organov wrote:
> CVS (1.11.1p1) doesn't seem to allow add/remove to be made 
> against a read-only
> repository. This behavior makes it inconvenient to work with 
> such repositories
> (I mean public CVS repositories of open-source projects). In 
> particular,
> locally rm'ed files re-appear as soon as update is invoked, 
> and contents of
> locally added files don't appear in the 'cvs diff'.
> At first glance it seems that adding/removing files is a 
> local activity
> similar to other changes and thus shouldn't require write 
> access to the
> repository until the time the changes are committed. Is the 
> idea fundamentally
> broken, just difficult to implement, or what?
Sounds to me like CVS is working perfectly well. What behaviour were you

Let's take a step back here. 

Why do you want to modify someone else's repository? Instead of checking out
the source code, you could export it, then import it into a local
repository. There, you can do what you want.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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