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replacing rcs tags in perlby jettero (Monsignor)
|on Jan 19, 2007 at 02:33 UTC||Need Help??|
jettero has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I recently started using git (actually cogito, which is sorta the same thing). I liked it the best out of the twenty or so choices while I was trying to grow out of cvs. It has a lot of really slick features, but one thing that it doesn't have is those lovely little rcs tags (e.g $Id: example.pl,v 1.352 jettero 2003-09-13 19:00:00$).
I wrote a quick little app to go through and replace out the $Id, $Revision$, and $Date$ tags. I was happy with it. It used File::Find to find all the files, File::Copy to make a temp file and utime to fix the mtime after the search and replace.
I started running into trouble though, because it didn't understand the .gitignore file (which has the same format as the .cvsignore). I began adding clumsy glob support to my app, but it presented more trouble than I whould have thought. I ended up using open my $in, '-|', qw(git ls-files) or die $! to find the applicable files — since git knows how to list the files it's watching as a built in function. This fits well with the overall git model, because it's a collection of scripts that work together; but I'm still interested in how you'd do it in perl.
There's no way to guess the git revision before the commit, so instead of the revision I ended up using a Digest::SHA1 that skips the contents of the rcs tags. Actually, I prepend the number of lines and the number of bytes in the file also. For the $Date$ I used the mtime of the file.
My main question is concerning the best way to find all the files git finds. Before I thought to use qw(git ls-files) I was going to try opendir and build up a list of globs found in the .gitignore files I found along the way. (Something like the following, which is obviously incomplete.)