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Re: [PATCH] review requested, add a feature to mergemaster

On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 04:35:45PM -0500, Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> At 10:17 PM +0100 1/12/05, Anton Berezin wrote:
> >On Wed, Jan 12, 2005, Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> > > At 2:53 PM +0100 1/12/05, Anton Berezin wrote:
> > > >
> >> >A new option is added:
> >> >
> >> > -R cvsroot  For files that contain a $FreeBSD$ string,
> > >
> >> Hmm.  I'm not sure how useful this will be (not that I object
> > > to it in anyway, I'm just not sure...).
> >A single, probably not very useful datapoint: install 5.3-RELEASE,
> >cvsup to RELENG_5, {build,install}{world,kernel}, then do mergemaster.
> >This currently leads to about 20 cases of "pointless diffs", all of
> >which go away when using this option.
> I understand the desired goal.  I'm just not sure that this
> option will be generally useful.
> >If a concern is that only a minority of machines have /home/ncvs
> >installed, then the answer would be that "cvsroot" is a generic
> >string, which can be anything cvs -d accepts, meaning that
> >various :pserver: and :ext:-based solutions shall work.
> If a user is following the rules for upgrading, then the really
> important mergemaster run is done in single-user mode.  You do
> not have networking, you do not have NFS, you do not even have the
> any value set for `hostname`.  Thus, if that user does not have
> the cvs repository on their local hard disk, then this option will
> require several additional steps (and those steps may not be
> convenient, particularly for someone who gets their network
> address via DHCP).

Given the existance of /etc/netstart, I don't think this is a big deal.
In any case, there is rairly a need to actually do mergemaster in single
user mode except on production servers.

-- Brooks

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