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From: bill_kempf (williamkempf_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-02-25 15:21:18

I'd like to start using .cvsignore files at least in the
Boost.Threads directory branch. However, Boost doesn't appear to be
using this facility currently (the only .cvsignore file in the whole
repository is in boost/status). So, before using this facility I
thought I'd ask about the appropriateness of doing so. Beman
suggested I ask on the list in case any other Boost users have
experience with .cvsignore and can provide opinions on this topic.

In case anyone doesn't know about .cvsignore, here's a brief
description of what it is and how you use it.

.cvsignore is a file placed in any directory that's under CVS control
(it works on a per-directory basis instead of per-repository basis)
and allows you to specify certain files (including wildcard
specifications) as "ignored". If a file meets any of the
specifications in the .cvsignore file in its directory then CVS won't
attempt to update/commit/etc the file. So in build directories that
use the Jam system a .cvsignore file could be added with the
following contents:


This will cause CVS to ignore the bin directory generated by Jam and
any .pdb files generated by VC++. I use Dream Weaver to edit HTML
files and it would also be nice to add _notes to the .cvsignore file
in doc directories to ignore the _notes directory it uses for
metadata. I'm sure there are plenty of other things in the Boost
repository that developers would like to be ignored by CVS commands.

The only reason for not using .cvsignore files that I can see is that
another file(s) will be included in the CVS archive. I don't think
this is a compelling reason to not use .cvsignore (and use it a LOT),
but since Boost hasn't been using them yet I thought I should ask
before adding them to the Boost.Threads directories.

Thoughts, opinions, information?

Bill Kempf

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