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Re: Problem with the present handling of svn:externals

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2005-02-19 22:45:08 CET

On Feb 19, 2005, at 7:52 AM, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

> You're the first person to ever notice or care that this "critical"
> feature of svn:externals isn't available.
>
> Most people have been perfectly happy to either point to a fixed
> snapshot (-r) or to HEAD. Very often externals point to completely
> different repositories, in which case the feature you propose be
> meaningless.
>

Actually I have noticed this as well. That's one of the reasons I
proposed the svn:internals property which would allow relative URLs.
svn:interals would avoid fixing the protocol used to access the
repository, and since the revision numbers would be referring to the
same repository, it could allow atomic commits to recurse into the
internally referenced subfolders. Both of which I see as significant
problems with the current implementation of svn:externals.

Essentially svn:internals would act like a sym-link within the
repository's versioned file system. I thought it would be fairly easy
to build from the existing svn:externals implementation. Though I
didn't get must interest when I brought it up before, I do think it
would be a valuable feature for many.

Scott

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