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Re: -r{DATE} with cvs-like relative dates?

From: Daniel Berlin <dberlin_at_dberlin.org>
Date: 2005-09-18 18:30:08 CEST

On Fri, 2005-09-16 at 12:50 -0700, Garrett Rooney wrote:
> On 9/16/05, Warren Young <warren@etr-usa.com> wrote:
> > Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> > >
> > > We decided it would be a nightmare to support.
> >
> > Could you reiterate the reasons?
>
> The parser was not thread safe and was in many cases far too
> permisive. You could throw things at it that don't have any real
> meaning and it will happily return to you a date. I don't remember
> any specific examples, but if you look at the mailing list archives
> just before we released 1.0 you should be able to find them.

CVS's date parser was actually sentient. It would seek out answers to
your date queries in it's attempt to return correct dates.

If you said "cvs -D "Bob's birthday" ", it would connect to a white
pages web site, look up all the Bob's in the world, score them, then use
Google to look up more information about each one, correlate it with
info it finds on your hard drive, and try to figure out which one you
meant.

Sometimes it got it right, but a lot of the time it decided the Bob I
meant was some guy in Germany I'd never met.

--Dan

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