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Re: confusion caused by "switch working copy to new branch/tag"

From: Stefan K√ľng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 21:41:22 +0200

Wim Coenen wrote:
> Hi,
>
> TortoiseSVN supports the scenario where you can "shelve" some
> unfinished local modifications directly to a branch. This can be done
> by using the "Branch/Tag" action on your working copy root and
> selecting "Create copy in the repository from <working copy>". This is
> quite useful.
>
> When the user immediately wants to continue working on the branch he
> will enable the "switch working copy to new branch/tag".
>
> There are some issues with the implementation of this last feature.
> The progress dialog does not distinguish very clearly between the
> commit progress and the switch progress. My proposal: prefix the
> progress messages with "COPY: " and "SWITCH: ".
>
> More details on why there is confusion sometimes:
>
> Sometimes the switch fails, e.g in some cases where one of the local
> modifications was a file addition. I have seen one of my colleagues
> struggle with this because he thought the commit failed, while in
> reality the switch had failed and stopped halfway.
>
> Furthermore, if the local modifications include binary files,
> subversion will unnecessarily mark these files as conflicted during
> the switch. (I realize that this cannot be fixed in TortoiseSVN.) This
> results in more confusion: the user thinks he can't commit because
> there are conflicts which he didn't notice before. Again, it might be
> easier to understand what happened if the commit progress and switch
> progress were clearly distinguishable.

The dialog titles already have the command in it.
Also, the first line in the progress dialog tells you the exact command.

Stefan

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Received on 2008-10-10 21:41:38 CEST

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