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Re: svn commit: rev 333 - trunk/subversion/libsvn_ra_local trunk/subversion/clients/cmdline

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2001-10-30 18:25:49 CET

Would like some other's opinions on this (apparently, at least one
other person was not confused by the byte count).

I understand what you're saying about how machine-oriented information
doesn't belong in user output. On the other hand, Subversion has
always been trying to use the same output format for both humans and
machines wherever possible, because it's a simplicity and maintenance
win -- that is, if the readability compromises aren't too great.
Right now, IMHO, the compromise is fairly slight, and worth the gains.

Adding a space before every line has its own disadvantages -- what if
people were trying to be careful about rightmost column? -- and using
a rich output format is worse (imagine the quoting complexity *that*
might introduce, for certain log messages), IMHO. The byte count at
least leaves the log message itself untouched.

So we're +1 + -1 == 0 right now, hmmm, would like others' thoughts on


Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:
> I've seen it to, so I believe it. But a byte count for *user* output isn't
> the right solution.
> > So we cannot depend on the separator. The byte count is not so
> > confusing, really (I mean, were *you* confused, or are you just
> > assuming that other people might get confused?).
> Yes. I got confused. Maybe I'm an old fart who's going senile, but I saw "%d
> bytes" and went "wtf?". Then I saw the strlen(msg) and went "huh?!". And
> then finally it dawned on me the purpose of that field.
> I like the idea of indenting each line by one space, keeping the -----
> marker, and dropping the byte count.
> Or, creating a rich output format.
> Cheers,
> -g
> --
> Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/

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