tag points / branch points

Kevin P. Fleming kpfleming at linuxfromscratch.org
Mon May 24 17:46:15 PDT 2004

Archaic wrote:
> On Tue, May 25, 2004 at 12:14:38AM +0100, Matthew Burgess wrote:
>>Yep, it's v5_1
> So, what is b5_1?

b5_1 is the branch where development of 5.1 releases was done. It was 
branched from HEAD before the BELFS stuff was merged in. Within that 
branch there is a v5_1 tag that show at what point that branch was 
released as LFS 5.1. Soon there will be another tag in the same branch 
that shows when it was released as LFS 5.1.1.

As far as determining what tags/branches exist, CVSWeb is really the 
easiest way. However, tags and branches do not have "creation dates" 
unless that information is embedded into the tag/branch name itself. 
They just "are", they are applied to particular revisions of files and 
in the case of branches continued to be applied to new revisions of 
those files that are committed to that branch. To put it simply, CVS 
tags are not in any way date-based, they are based on file revisions only.

If you want to determine when a tag was made, you should be able to look 
in the archives of the commit list for that module for the earliest 
reference to the tag.

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