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Re: Collections in Subversion. Part 2 of 2: Request for Comment

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2002-05-23 15:47:25 CEST

On Thu, 2002-05-23 at 01:39, B. W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
> - For example:
> $ cd mydir
> $ ls
> foo bar Main.nib qux
> $ svn propset svn:Main.nib collection .

Well, this is definitely no good. We can't create a whole set of
properties named "svn:<filename>", since <filename> could be something
we already use. (Plus, it would destroy our ability to do verification
on the setting of "svn:" properties, as we're currently planning to do.)

"svn propset svn:collections Main.nib", perhaps.

> - Have a property that, when set on a directory, signifies that the
> collection is to be treated as opaque.

Supporting collections at all is marginal (though I'm not opposed to
it). Supporting two kinds is madness. Just treat all collections as
opaque.

(Side note: I think Bill Tutt's response was assuming that "collections"
are some kind of binary file which represents a directory which you want
Subversion to be able to iterate around in. Quite the contrary; a
"collection" is a directory which you want Subversion to treat as a big
blob.)

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