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Re: cvs log and UTC

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: cvs log and UTC
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 16:45:46 -0500
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Mark D. Baushke wrote:

> Derek Robert Price <address@hidden> writes:
> I have a minor quibble, the timezone should be numeric -0000 rather than
> the alphabetic UTC. However, I agree that a timezone indication in the
> output of cvs log and friends would be reasonable.

Um, yes.  If I'd thought about the matter more I probably would have
suggested the same thing.

> >The `cvs log' output is definately not designed to be machine
> >parsable, as you would likely know if you have ever tried to parse it.
> I have many thounsands of lines of perl, gawk and C spread across
> multiple companies that parse the 'cvs log' and 'cvs rlog' output and I
> understand the problem of trying to machine parse such output very
> clearly.

Excuse me - I should have said, "as you _will_ likely know"...  :)

> I will also state that if a change to the output of 'cvs log' and 'cvs
> rlog' to add the timezeone is performed, there is likely going to need
> to be a compatibility switch for the old format to allow the transition
> to be chosen by the cvs administrators.

Since the server upgrade would not be sufficient to cause the output
format to change (in the tagged text case under discussion), and the
clients would need to be upgraded, would you consider it sufficient that
they admin could specify a path to the old client in their scripts even
though they had upgraded their server?  Hrm.  Probably not.  A
compatibility switch wouldn't be a big deal though I might vote that the
feature code at least issue a deprecation warning when such a switch was
used.  Then we can remove the date-compatibility option entirely in the
next stable release.  :)

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