[development] "HEAD" vs. "TRUNK" -- i hereby retract my earlier rants: call it "HEAD".

Darrel O'Pry dopry at thing.net
Fri Nov 3 14:30:18 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-11-02 at 22:54 -0800, Derek Wright wrote:
> i was skimming http://drupal.org/node/82257 and noticed some people  
> referring to "TRUNK" and others to "HEAD".  this is all my fault. ;)   
> furthermore, i'm hereby admitting i was wrong about this.  CVS is  
> just internally inconsistent about its own terminology. :(
> while it's true that every branch has a head (the end of that  
> branch), there really is only one HEAD (all caps), which is the  
> special case of the head of the trunk.  there's no such thing as "cvs  
> co -r TRUNK", but you *can* do "cvs co -r HEAD".  so, it's confusing  
> and lame, but if you mean the trunk, it probably *is* best to just  
> refer to it as "HEAD", since that's the special-case "branch" you can  
> checkout from (or update to) that CVS uses internally.  if you want  
> to talk about the trunk, best to do so without the caps, so as not to  
> confuse it with the name of a valid "branch".
> my apologies for introducing this inconsistency in our own vocabulary...
> thanks,
> -derek (dww)

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