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Re: RFC: a human-eye date format everyone can love

From: mark benedetto king <bking_at_inquira.com>
Date: 2002-06-24 23:20:20 CEST

On Mon, Jun 24, 2002 at 02:40:07PM -0500, Karl Fogel wrote:
> It's a good question, Justin, but there's a long-standing answer:
>
> The output of the Subversion client is designed to be *both*
> human-readable and machine parseable. This is true across the board.
> Notice the line count in the "svn log" output; notice the careful
> field delimiting in status/update/commit/checkout/etc output; notice
> "svn info", and so on.

Maybe this is too high a bar to set; the XML output provides a
machine parseable format.

> This is not some theoretical nicety. Many programs parse CVS log
> output (and the output of all other CVS commands), and we should
> expect the same to be true for Subversion. Heck, it already *is*
> starting to be true; look in tools/client-side/.
>

This is true, but many programs are probably buggy because they
attempt to parse CVS log output. They'd be a lot more reliable
if they used an XML parser.

--ben

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