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From "Cabrera, Alan" <>
Subject RE: Standard @version tags
Date Thu, 14 Aug 2003 17:29:04 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Blewitt [] 
> > To my mind, there is a significant difference between an @author tag
> > and an
> > $Id$ tag.  I agree w/ the reasoning for not including the 
> former.  I 
> > do not
> > think that this implies that we should toss out the latter.  The 
> > semantics
> > of these tags is significantly different.
> They are, and in an environment where 'coder != committer' 
> there's even 
> less point in having $Id$ since it only tells you who put it 
> in the CVS 
> repository (and you can get that anyway).
> Turning it on its head; what does the $Id$ tag give you that 
> $Revision$ 
> $Date$ doesn't, and why is it important?

IMHO, the reasons for needing the CVS info in the code in the first place
apply to the committer information in the $Id$ tag and it would be even more
important to me to see who committed the code for me since it may not be the
same person every time.  To be sure, all of the information is in the CVS
repository but, we don't use that as an argument for not including the CVS
Revision and Date in the code.  Just my opinion.


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