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Re: Lack of $Id$ support - FAQ

From: Garry Hill <garry_at_ascii-turf.net>
Date: 2004-07-17 02:12:02 CEST

I agree. Until i got used to the syntax, and had done it enough times to engraven it into my memory, i had to use google to find out how to do ignores and keyword substitution.

> CVS has these keywords available all the time. They're just part of the
> environment and once you've been using CVS for a while, you don't even
> think about using them. It's second nature.

exactly, and both ignores and keywords are both only mentioned in the 'properties' section. i see no intuitive link between CVS keyword substitution, .cvsignore and 'svn propset'.

i suspect that few questions arrive at the list because a google search quickly finds the right page, but still, having to use google to get there is a little frustrating.

it's a documentation thing, nothing more. i think a faq entry would be worthwhile.

g

Peter Kropf [Friday, July 16, 2004] wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-07-16 at 15:45, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> > All of these features are documented in the book, and we even have an
> > appendix in the book (appendix A) that is addressed to CVS users
> > switching over, highlighting differences. Perhaps we should mention the
> > .cvsignore/svn:ignore transition in that appendix, as well as pointers
> > to the svn:keywords feature?
> >
> > Either way, this doesn't seem like a FAQ to me. I've not seen it asked
> > often at all.
>
> I might point out that this was a frustrating issue for me also when I
> first started using SVN. It's not so much that I couldn't figure out
> what to do as it was the frustration in having to figure it out.
>
> CVS has these keywords available all the time. They're just part of the
> environment and once you've been using CVS for a while, you don't even
> think about using them. It's second nature.
>
> With SVN I had assumed that keywords were just there when in fact, they
> weren't. I had to enable them for all the files where I needed keyword
> expansion.
>
> Now that I understand what SVN is doing and how it goes about doing it,
> I much prefer it to CVS. But that mental model leap was a bit of a
> pain...
>
> - Peter
>
>
>
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