[Techtalk] Using CVS to track a CVS tree?

Conor Daly c.daly at met.ie
Mon Apr 25 22:14:52 EST 2005

Hi all,

This is an interesting one.  A user has a proprietary application which has an
extensive configuration directory tree.  This tree contains CVS directories
within it so it's the output of a 'cvs checkout <module>'.  If an issue
arises with the application, he's instructed by the support team to send a
tarball of the config area.  I presume they then do a 'cvsdiff' against
their repository.  He wants to maintain his own repository of these configs
(for quick restore purposes) but also wants to maintain compatibility with
the support team.  Is there a sensible way to use cvs to track his changes
to this tree without interfering with the supplier's embedded CVS data?

My first thought is that he could use

	cvs import <...> <datestamp-modulename>

to make a snapshot and 

	cvs export <datestamp-modulename> 

to restore a snapshot but I don't know if that would allow him to 

	cvsdiff <today-modulename> <yesterday-modulename>

in any meaningful way.

Would it be a clever thing to use svn instead since they shouldn't cross

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