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Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-12-08 22:34:02 CET

Phillip Susi wrote:
> Is it really that hard to take a configuration directive to execute an
> external filter program?

How about this scenario?

RepositoryA requires FilterA for .OoO files
RepositoryB requires FilterB for .OoO files
RepositoryC has no filter requirements at all

The advantage with a wrapper is that each repository could have their
own wrapper. Client-side hooks which are not tied in some way to the
repository being accessed are going to be a serious problem (yes, you
could have a more complex config format which encapsulates all of that
information). It is *not* a simple problem to solve.

I get the feeling that most of the people arguing in favor of client
filters are *nix people. Subversion runs on multiple platforms and
there are multiple Subversion clients that are available (like
TortoiseSVN) where this kind of "exec a filter" model just doesn't map well.

I'm not directly arguing against _any_ client-side hook feature, merely
pointing out that adding it so you could have filename specific filters
without looking at the general case is putting the cart before the horse.


John Peacock
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