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"path" during a commit walk

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2000-12-19 05:38:43 CET

During the walk for the commit, I need the PATH for the "current" node so
that I can pass it to svn_wc_prop_*(). But the best that I can come up with
is to use "." at the start of the walk, and then to append paths on the way

The problem with this, though is when somebody does:

$ svn commit some/dir/way/down

The current directory will not match the root of the commit walk, so the "."
will not work properly. I think the proper answer is to pass a path into
the replace_root() editor function.

We can't really do it as part of the get_commit_editor() because a single
editor may be used multiple times (e.g. replace_root called many times) with
different roots.

Another acceptable option would be to pass a "handle" into the replace_root,
add/replace_dir, and add/replace_file callbacks. The editor could then pass
this handle back to the WC to fetch information. For example:

  replace_root(edit_baton, root_handle, &root_baton)
  add_directory(name, parent_baton, parent_handle, ancestor_path,
                ancestor_revision, &child_baton)
  svn_wc_prop_get(&value, propname, file_handle)

  [ toss the pool cuz it can live inside file_handle ]

Hrm. I'm not sure that I like this because it means that the commit editor
would "know" that the handle belongs to the WC. i.e. it loses its
interchangeable nature. To some extent, passing a raw path is the same thing
-- how does the commit editor "know" that the passed-in path is intended to
be passed to WC functions? If it assumes that, then the commit editor is now
tied to being called by the WC. [not a bad assumption, but it increases the
coupling, which the editor interface was intended to kill]

The "real" solution would be:

        svn_string_t * get_prop(svn_resource_t *res,
                                svn_string_t *name);

        void set_prop(svn_resource_t *res,
                      svn_string_t *name, svn_string_t *value);
        /* ### anything else? */
        const svn_resource_type_t *type;
        void *resource_baton;

A pointer to an svn_resource_t would be passed to the relevant editor
functions (replace_root, add/replace file/dir). The editor can then call
back to the driver to query information about the resource.

[ I put set_prop in there, but I only need get_prop; we could possibly limit
  the callbacks to readonly (e.g. get_prop) type functions. note that I
  separated out the vtable from the resource itself. look at the "type" as
  the class, and the resource as the specific instance. ]

It should also be legal for editor drivers to pass NULL, meaning they don't
support callbacks for extended information. Yes, this means the commit
editor wouldn't work with editors that don't supply this, but that's okay...
we've removed the hard WC dependence and provided a way for other editors to
be able to satisfy the commit editor's needs.

Oh, and some background. WHY does the commit editor need to fetch these
props? Well, there are two properties of interest:

1) where (on the server) to create a DeltaV activity. the activity is the
   visible manifestation of the FS transaction.

2) for each resource on the client, what is the corresponding version
   resource on the server. i.e. the path/revision pair that was checked out.

The first is needed at the beginning of the commit to establish an FS
transaction for the change. The second is needed for each resource to be
committed -- we need to do a CHECKOUT of the version resource. This roughly
corresponds to cloning the path/revision in the FS, which then allows us to
begin modifying it [within a transaction context].


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:17 2006

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