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SubjectRe: 2.5 changeset 1.952.4.2 corrupt in fs/jfs/inode.c

On Wed, 5 Feb 2003, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> I don't think you can emulate this in CVS easily, since the branch has
> to be "pre-created" in the CVS repository (when it was HEAD), I don't
> think you can go back and create a branch "in the past" to graft onto.
> Which is why I think you have to recreate the whole CVS tree (and insert
> the branch point at the right point) when this happens in order to
> really get the full BK information.

If I understand this correctly, it's possible, but just really painful,
because you have to work with lots of branches and do a lot manually.
You can create branches "in the past" without problems, you just can't
insert a patch between two revisions.
(DISCLAIMER: the following might be absolute garbage, as all this is
only derived from second hand sources. I have no license to run bk, so I
can't verify this information.)
So in CVS terms cloning a tree would mean to get a read only version of
your repository and locally I can only a create branch:

cvs tag -D now branch1-point
cvs tag -b -r branch1-point branch1
cvs up -r branch1

and now I can work on that branch. If I want to merge now with you, I had
first had to get all the new changes, which would be applied to the head.
After this I had to create a new branch:

cvs tag -D now branch2-point
cvs tag -b -r branch2-point branch2

Now I can merge my changes into the new branch:

cvs up -j branch1-point -j branch1 -r branch2
(fix conflicts)
cvs commit

If you wanted to merge my changes, it would be enough to merge the last

cvs up -j branch2-point -j branch2
(fix conflicts)
cvs commit

Past branches had only to be recreated to also get the history
AFAICT bk now handles all this transparently and mangles it to into a
single repository. The price is that you can have only a single branch
per repository and for every new development (branch) you have to clone a
new repository.

bye, Roman

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