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Re: cmd line stuff (was: CVS update: ...)

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_galois.collab.net>
Date: 2000-10-17 16:11:29 CEST

Matthew Braithwaite <matt@braithwaite.net> writes:
> Speaking of historical reasons, the change from -d to -r seems a little bit
> gratuitous to me. Does -d count as ``suffocatingly'' similar to CVS? :-)

-d is a historical leftover even in CVS, from the days when the
repository was always a directory on the same machine as the working
copy.

I don't think we should try to preserve CVS's hysterical raisins --
that's needlessly perpetuating confusion (and people *do* get confused
about the -d flag, since the two commonly-used names for the
repository both begin with `r': "repository" and "root").

People may have to think twice at first, but once they get used to it,
it's a better option.

I hope this falls under the last clause in this paragraph from
subversion/subversion/client/README:

   We're trying to be similar to command-line CVS, but not
   suffocatingly so. Subversion will differ where it provides a
   feature CVS doesn't, or doesn't provide something CVS does, or
   where people generally agree that the CVS way is not successful and
   shouldn't be imitated.
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