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Re: Renaming files on win32[Scanned]

From: John Szakmeister <john_at_szakmeister.net>
Date: 2004-12-22 00:38:47 CET

JS.staff wrote:
> Point taken, but this is something of a vicious circle. The docs, for
> example, seem to give all examples in unix-speak (unless they've
> changed in the last few months). And I so often read replies along
> the lines of "problems with win32 server? switch to a real OS!" which
> does nothing to encourage Windows users.

That examples portion is probably true... although the syntax is generic
enough that anyone should get the drift whether they're working in
Windows or not.

I have to say that I don't see the developers of SVN ever saying that
you should switch to a real OS. Several people on the team strove to
support Win32 in it's native environment, and they consider proper
operation of utmost importance. Let's not confuse a few users remarks
as the truth about what the developers believe.

> Personally I accept (or assume?) that core SVN dev's are financially
> supported by an organisation with a heavy unix-bias (nothing wrong
> with that, but I guess win32 is of secondary importance to the people
> that count here. Symbolic links v case-insensitivity anyone?)

I don't know if anyone here can say that Collab.net is heavily-biased in
any direction. More importantly, Collab.net isn't the driving force
around here. The community is what makes it all happen. We got
symbolic link support because someone had the time, energy, and courage
to sit down and contribute. It had nothing to do with a preference for
Unix semantics over Windows ones. I've helped to resolve some issues
under Win32 as a result of some user complaints, and have found that no
one is willing to take the time to help solve the problems (even by
testing a new binary in their situation). If the problems aren't
getting resolved, it's because no one is willing to step up and solve
these problems in the Windows environment, or they aren't getting the
support required from the user community.

> Anyways, on a positive note, after 2 months of use fsfs is performing
> flawlessly (win32 client and server)!

Glad to hear it. :-)

-John

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