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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: $Id$ considered harmful
Date Thu, 26 Sep 1996 16:08:37 GMT
Paul Richards wrote:
> Paul Sutton <> writes:
> > I'm afraid I cannot see any benefit from having that information in the
> > file. The only versions that are put on public release are those with
> > clearly defined Apache version numbers (1.1.1, 1.1b3, 1.2b1), which will
> > be tagged in the repository. I've dealt with quite a few bugs and other
> That's not true. Only a small minority of people who use the
> inter-release versions have access to cvs.
> > problems, and in none of those cases would having an internal version id
> > in a file would have helped.
> Well, I suspect you haven't yet had to deal with someone who has a
> development copy from some date X that has a bug in it. The first
> thing you want to do is find out what version they're running.
> > On the downside, besides the CVS problems, the id's make every commit
> > bigger and create unnecessary differences between files of differenet
> > versions which hides the real code changes.
> Ehh? We're talking a handfull of bytes here?

Actually we are talking about 17/25 of my window acreage per file.

> If you want to remove
> them then fine but I think it's a loss of usefull information and the
> only reason for doing so would appear to be to accomodate third party
> companies who are maintaining their own cvs repositories and are
> having problems with importing Apache's $Id$ strings.

And the other things that have been mentioned. Besides, what is wrong with
accomodating third parties?


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