On the uselessness of $Id: ... $ tags
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 08:16:01 -0700
> > early morning grumbling coming up...
> > why are RCS Id tags used in a bunch of files in fptools/? They
> > convey zero information that cannot easily be looked up by
> > either consulting your CVS/ directory or (better still) query
> > the CVS server. Can't we just get rid of them? (At least,
> > please stop including them in newly added files).
> They don't tell you anything while the file is actually under CVS's
> control, but they convey useful information if a copy of the file is
> taken to use in another project. Hence, they should travel with the
> copyright attribution at the top of the file.
Not much more info than what can be gleaned from the file modification
time (and who's to say that the file hasn't been edited since being taken
out of a CVS repo?) IMO, very little gain compared to the pain