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Re: Mixed Direction Merges and Range Compaction (Was: Auto-selection of merge source URL)

From: Branko ─îibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2008 09:27:51 +0100

C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> Yeah, see, choosing a different source based on revision direction still
> strikes me as ... unwise, to put it nicely. Interactive merge source
> selection (issue 3065), baby!
>
> The more I think about it, the more I realize that as a general rule I'm in
> favor of the command-line client providing the most powerful interface
> possible to the user. If it can be done in Subversion, it can be done --
> perhaps with a complex syntax -- through the command-line client. If you
> want your Subversion to be warm and fuzzy with rounded edges and foam
> padding and (try to) think for you, find and embrace a GUI that has a
> Not-So-Advanced mode, or write wrapper scripts around 'svn'. It's much
> easier to wrap a complex thing with a layer of simplification than the reverse.
>

Can't find an appropriate smiley for how reading that made me feel ...

Why'd we want to insist on doing something in one cmdline invocation
when it can be done just as well in two? Or in a slightly more
philosophical mood ... why double the complexity to quadruple the number
of bugs?

-- Brane

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