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Re: 'SVN' to '.svn' WAS: RE: Successful bootstrap on Mac OS X

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2001-09-04 23:28:57 CEST

>> (speaking of which, when we say that our administrative files are
>> supposed to be totally opaque, how do we expect vc-mode to operate?),

> All such tools should use the svn command line directly. Unlike cvs,
> svn does (will?) provide all the information needed by such tool.

I'd like to amplify the point Alan made: it's really not acceptable to
have to run a program simply to determine whether a file is under
version control. Even if you only have to run the program once and
can issue it multiple commands, for emacs vc-mode that means running
an svn subprocess even if the user has never heard of and doesn't use

(Having to run a command after you've detected a Subversion
administrative directory is probably acceptable.)

> The wc library could recognize several alternatives, like RCS, which
> looks for version files in "RCS/", ".rcs/" and "./".

I have no strong objection to having a short, fixed list of
alternatives, although I think it's going overboard.

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