CVS branches RFC

Earnie Boyd
Thu Oct 4 04:26:00 GMT 2001

Robert Collins wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Earnie Boyd" <>
> To: "CD List" <Cygwin-Developers@Cygwin.Com>
> Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2001 6:02 AM
> Subject: Re: CVS branches RFC
> > Robert Collins wrote:
> > >
> > > * cvsmerge grabs the most recent changes from a parent branch and
> > > applies them to the branch of the current working dir.
> >
> > And this is used for what purpose?  Would it be something like: two
> > developers working the same branch synchronizing their changes?
> No, CVS does that when you commit and update within a single branch.

Doh, of course.

> Consider this:
> \-cygwin_daemon
> I find a pthreads bug, and fix it. As it's a production bug the fix goes
> into HEAD. I can
> a) reapply the fix to cygwin_daemon, or
> b) use cvsmerge to get the changes made to HEAD applied to
> cygwin_daemon, which will include that fix.
> If Chris fixes something, b) is the _only_ way I'll get the fix
> reliably.
> cvsmerge grabs _all_ the changes to the parent branch and applies them.
> If there are conflicts you get a log to examine and an instruction to
> correct the warnings before exiting the sub-shell that has been invoked.

Ok, great.

> It's only not appropriate to merge these changes down if you are forking
> the development - which we are not. Therefore we want all the HEAD fixes
> and improvements in any development branches.

I'm considering other purposes besides Cygwin.  Yes they're great.


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