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Re: client README stuff

From: Jim Blandy <jimb_at_savonarola.red-bean.com>
Date: 2000-10-31 23:44:06 CET

Karl Fogel <kfogel@galois.collab.net> writes:

> Okay; your arguments seem pretty good to me. I'd like to hear what a
> few other people think before we change it.
>
> -K
>
> Branko =?ISO-8859-2?Q?=C8ibej?= <brane@xbc.nu> writes:
> > Karl Fogel wrote:
> >
> > > There's nothing horribly wrong with "revision" and -r, as long as we
> > > change all the code and other documentation to match.
> > >
> > > We need to consistently call them either "revisions" or "versions".
> > > The latter is slightly easier to say, and even when discussing
> > > CVS-controlled files, people often slip into saying "version" instead
> > > of "revision" anyway. That's (I suspect?) why we just started using
> > > the word "version" in our original drafts (Jim, was there any other
> > > reason?).

No, nothing more substantial. Version is simpler to say. I guess
"revision" hit me as more of a circumlocution. But see below...

> > > What do other people think about this issue?
> >
> > I'd say we should try to avoid ambiguities. Watch ...
> >
> > svn -v (--version? --verbose (or is that -V)? --object-version?)
> >
> > And now ...
> >
> > svn -r (--revision, yeah.)

Hmm... the former *is* a mess. I can never remember how to tell GCC
to show me the subprograms it's running.

> > I also think we should retain at least /some/ similarity with CVS'
> > interface. We want people to switch from CVS to SVN, so we should make
> > it easy for them.

Perhaps so, but we're screwing around with the whole concept of
versions enough anyway. I don't think the transition will be
brainless for anyone.

> > Besides, "revision" is more correct than "version", although people keep
> > mixing the terms. Like "liberty" and "freedom", eh?. :-)

My dictionary says:

    version: a form or variant of a type or original <an experimental ~ of
    the plane>

    revision: 1b: a result of revising 2: a revised version

So revision(2) is really the closest to what we have in mind.

It's fine with me.
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