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Re: svn status proposal

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2001-09-24 18:07:48 CEST

Joe Orton <joe@manyfish.co.uk> writes:
> I'd rather have to kick you once a year because 'svn st -v' is not
> consistent with 'svn st', than have to kick you twenty times a day
> because 'svn st' has got confusing output with lots of weird asterisks
> and numbers which I don't want to know about.

Wait a minute here, Joe. You're way exaggerating.

We're not talking about "lots of weird asterisks and numbers". We're
talking about *one* extra column which shows up *only* when the user
asks for it, and does not clutter the visual field when not asked for.

This column potentially contains an asterisk (or whatever), or else
nothing. There are no extra numbers at all in my proposal. You will
not kick anyone twenty times a day, because you won't see it twenty
times a day, assuming that you usually use the default status command.

> I think it'll be a great shame if you make plain 'st' have the chatty
> output just to be consistent with the other commands.

Huh?? What, specifically, is the chattiness you're referring to? Can
you give a specific example of an output that would be chattier than

There is no visible difference between the proposals as far as plain
status output goes. There is *no* extra chattiness. Put them
side-by-side and see for yourself: default status has no extra visual
clutter in my proposal than in any of the other proposals.

Honestly, I'm somewhat confused here. I believe I proposed an almost
quantifiably minimally cluttered interface (see Jeff Raskin's "The
Humane Interface"), that has no extra clutter... And people are
objecting to some weird straw man, to something I've never proposed
and never wanted.

Please go back and look at the actual format examples I gave. I just
can't figure out what part of that output could be removed without
losing information.


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