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Suggestion: "svn explain"

From: Gareth McCaughan <Gareth.McCaughan_at_pobox.com>
Date: 2002-08-03 04:44:32 CEST

Some of Subversion's error messages are a little cryptic,
especially for a new user. (Example: "Transaction is out
of date.") Hopefully, most of the obscure error messages
are rare enough that most users won't ever get used to
them :-).

I propose that typing, e.g., "svn explain 21087" should yield
a friendly description, one or two paragraphs long, of
what that error means, what's likely to have provoked it,
and what to do about it. Perhaps this should be generalized
beyond error messages: "svn explain transaction" could
give a brief explanation of what a transaction is.

I have a patch that provides the "skeleton" of this,
by which I mean that the only thing (ha!) that needs
adding is the actual descriptions. :-) I'm not including
it with this message, in case no one else thinks
"svn explain" is a good idea.

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