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  • Latest Post - ‏2013-09-11T22:25:17Z by PatRoof
PatRoof
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Pinned topic Delete objects from baseline

‏2013-09-11T18:04:31Z |

Is there anyway to delete and purge object from existing baselines?

  • PRM
    PRM
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    Re: Delete objects from baseline

    ‏2013-09-11T22:19:02Z  

    The short answer is "No" - and for a very good reason.

    Being able to delete and purge data from anything that has been baselined destroys the whole basis and integrity of having version control, or better known as Configuration Management. This would allow history to be altered which can have a damaging impact. There are also legal reasons for being careful with executing the purging of baselines as historical data can be used as evidence and if there is any indication that potential evidence has been destroyed then that could be a legal minefield. Government projects, particularly those involving Defence & National Security, are very sensitive about this kind of activity.

    Having said that, many tools with a configuration management capability offer an ability to replace or repair checked-in versions but usually under some form of strict control. The only option that DOORS offers is that it will allow you to purge an entire module baseline version, but this can only be done by the Administrator. Under the assumption that only one person can be identifiable and held accountable for executing such a deletion because the Administrator account can never be purged itself. If using this option, be careful with Baseline Sets, purging an individual module baseline version that was a member of a Baseline Set can really do some damage.

    Paul Miller
    Melbourne Australia

  • PRM
    PRM
    25 Posts

    Re: Delete objects from baseline

    ‏2013-09-11T22:19:02Z  

    The short answer is "No" - and for a very good reason.

    Being able to delete and purge data from anything that has been baselined destroys the whole basis and integrity of having version control, or better known as Configuration Management. This would allow history to be altered which can have a damaging impact. There are also legal reasons for being careful with executing the purging of baselines as historical data can be used as evidence and if there is any indication that potential evidence has been destroyed then that could be a legal minefield. Government projects, particularly those involving Defence & National Security, are very sensitive about this kind of activity.

    Having said that, many tools with a configuration management capability offer an ability to replace or repair checked-in versions but usually under some form of strict control. The only option that DOORS offers is that it will allow you to purge an entire module baseline version, but this can only be done by the Administrator. Under the assumption that only one person can be identifiable and held accountable for executing such a deletion because the Administrator account can never be purged itself. If using this option, be careful with Baseline Sets, purging an individual module baseline version that was a member of a Baseline Set can really do some damage.

    Paul Miller
    Melbourne Australia

  • PatRoof
    PatRoof
    3 Posts

    Re: Delete objects from baseline

    ‏2013-09-11T22:25:17Z  
    • PRM
    • ‏2013-09-11T22:19:02Z

    The short answer is "No" - and for a very good reason.

    Being able to delete and purge data from anything that has been baselined destroys the whole basis and integrity of having version control, or better known as Configuration Management. This would allow history to be altered which can have a damaging impact. There are also legal reasons for being careful with executing the purging of baselines as historical data can be used as evidence and if there is any indication that potential evidence has been destroyed then that could be a legal minefield. Government projects, particularly those involving Defence & National Security, are very sensitive about this kind of activity.

    Having said that, many tools with a configuration management capability offer an ability to replace or repair checked-in versions but usually under some form of strict control. The only option that DOORS offers is that it will allow you to purge an entire module baseline version, but this can only be done by the Administrator. Under the assumption that only one person can be identifiable and held accountable for executing such a deletion because the Administrator account can never be purged itself. If using this option, be careful with Baseline Sets, purging an individual module baseline version that was a member of a Baseline Set can really do some damage.

    Paul Miller
    Melbourne Australia

    Thank you Paul.  I was 99.9% sure this was the answer but I was directed to ask the question.