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RE: 'SVN' to '.svn'

From: Sander Striker <striker_at_apache.org>
Date: 2001-09-07 02:46:20 CEST

> From: RADICS Peter [mailto:mitch@lbcons.net]
> On Wed, Sep 05, 2001 at 08:05:46PM +0100, Joe Orton wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 05, 2001 at 01:57:32PM -0500, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
>>> As a matter of personal opinion, I know that I just *like* being able
>>> to see the big CVS or SVN staring me in the face, no special switches
>>> to `ls' needed.
>>
>> FWIW I agree with this opinion completely.
> +1 for SVN from me, too.
> (fix the build to use svn-preinstall to solve
> the original problem with SVN, as someone pointed out already)
>
> cheers,
> mitch

Hmmm, I just copied my svn tree to my windows box. When I browse
through files using explorer SVN pops up somewhere in the middle
of the tree (when viewing 'trunk'). For win users, .svn will make
it more obvious that something is under version control (although
setting the hidden flag on that would get a +1 from me aswell).

The reason I'd like to not have the SVN dir in plain view is
in the same area as the reason to do so. It is a matter of
personal opinion. I failed to include a reason for that opinion
however and I'd like to clarify.

 - When something is under version control the users know about
   it in 90% of the cases;

 - Having an administrative directory visible in your work can
   be distracting for users;

 - 'SVN' appears late in sorted output of ls if you are using
   directory names that start with a capital letter;

 - 'SVN' appears somewhere in the bottom of the sorted explorer
   window on windows.

The conflicting name with 'svn' on platforms where the filesystem
is case insensitive by default was just a trigger. It was not
the reason I'd like to see it changed (although it would solve
the problem ;).

Anyhow, from the bottom of Ben's 'state of union' mail I find
the TODO: change SVN to .svn, so I think this issue is closed ;)
[I might be wrong though, people here seem to be devided on this).

Sander

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