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Re: Subversion is brittle in an annoying way

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-09-20 14:25:17 CEST

"Eric S. Raymond" <esr@thyrsus.com> writes:
> > I'm not sure how to describe that usefully concisely in an error - "The
> > remote server is acting weird" isn't really an improvement.
>
> Perhaps:
>
> "Repository doesn't exist, or remote webserver is not supporting DAV
> requests."
>
> That wouldn't illuminate the PROPFIND/GET confusion but it would at least
> be a clue.

I'll make no conjecture about the ratio of helpful to unhelpful error
messages in Subversion -- each side multiplied by the frequency with
which they actually occur, of course. However, where there are bad
error messages, we try to fix them.

Patches make this happen faster, of course :-)... but you knew that.

I've annotated issue #1254 with this scenario. I wish I had time to
just fix it myself right now, but don't. However, I will commit in
advance to reviewing any patch you post for it. Thanks for the bug
report!

-Karl

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