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Re: idea: a revision keyword expanded only at 'svn export' time

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-12-03 02:00:37 CET

John Barstow <John_Barstow@gfsg.co.nz> writes:
> Assuming you have grep on your platform (which most Win32 users don't).
> Assuming you know to run 'svn status -v' (which a newbie usually wouldn't).
> People don't read documentation (aside from tutorials) until they run into a
> problem.
> Which explains why so many of the unintiated have asked for this trivial
> feature.

If it were truly trivial, sure. But adding a new keyword -- and one
that behaves slightly differently than the keywords we already have --
is not trivial. It adds new complexities to code paths in libsvn_wc.
I guess what worries me is that keyword expansion has already been a
bug source on a few occasions, so complexifying the keyword code
doesn't seem like a good idea to me.

I'm not vetoing it, just explaining why I think it's not good.

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