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Re: M7: Branches and Tags

From: Bruce Atherton <bruce_at_callenish.com>
Date: 2001-11-15 18:43:32 CET

At 09:40 PM 11/14/2001 -0600, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

>Wow. Hm. I wonder if more experienced CVS users on this list can
>address your use-case better. Perhaps properties are what you want,
>as you say... Subversion doesn't "tag" files the way RCS does; all
>you can do is make cheap copies on the server.

Yes, and I presume there wouldn't be nearly as much overhead in setting a
property on a particular set of files/revisions.

>So, in your ideal world, it would be possible to type
>
> $ svn cp . mytag1
>
>And voila, your mixed-revision working copy magically appears in some
>'automatic' tags-area on the server?
>(i.e. http://foo.com/repos/tags/mytag1 is created)

Yes, something like that. I'm not concerned with exactly how it is
accomplished, I just think it should be easy for those environments where
it is a common action.

>My only comment on this is that perhaps that the "default" tags path
>can live in an .svnrc?

That is somewhat complicated by the fact that the recommended tags
directory is kept per project, which means there is no single default tags
path. That's why I suggested a replacement on a portion of the URL. Then
there is the issue of tags on branches. Since branches are essentially tag
directories that can be committed against, there has to be support in
Subversion for tags within tags, and I'm not clear on exactly how a .svnrc
file can provide that.

In any case, the reason I brought this up is because I saw problems with
the current "svn cp" concept for tagging. If you guys think that the best
solution to this problem is to throw a layer over top of the current design
rather than reworking it, then this becomes a bikeshed issue and I'll drop
it for now.

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