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Re: AW: AW: Re: Is label support in future release?

From: Tim Hill <drtimhill_at_comcast.net>
Date: 2006-11-20 17:28:16 CET

On Nov 20, 2006, at 1:53 AM, Felix Gilcher wrote:

>
>> One of those arguments is "not enough people have asked for it". If
>> everyone did as you suggest, how would enough people *ever*
>> ask for a
>> feature? <hehe>
>>
>
> As someone else stated, this has come up on the list quite a few
> times. Lots of people asked for it. One of the major problems is
> that noone was able to write a specification of how this feature
> should behave exactly (let alone how to implement it). There even
> was a disagreement between the people that asked for labels on what
> the term "label" implies and how this should work.
> Writing such a specification and get a consensus that it would be a
> worthy addition to the subversion feature set would be a first step
> to get the feature implemented. Volunteers one step ahead please.
> Writing the actual code or putting a bounty on that feature might
> help as well, but as stated in the hacking guidelines even a
> working patch is no guarantee that the feature will be accepted.
>

A perfectly valid point -- however, any discussion is bound to
generate a lot of debate over the desired shape of a feature; I
regard that as a sign of a vibrant active user community (which is
good). Of course, I won't comment on the fact that, if the "label"
feature was so ill-defined in the discussions, how were so many
people so certain that it wasn't desirable (hehe)?

I'm more than happy to work up a formal proposal, and even happy to
do the work on a patch. However, as you noted, patches don't always
get accepted, and I would rather have at least some consensus on a
feature before spending a lot of time working on it.

In any case, as has been suggested elsewhere in this thread, it's
quite possible that what is really the issue here is that tags, in
their current form, are incomplete.

--Tim

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