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Version numbers in the sources

From: Peter Gervai <grin_at_tolna.net>
Date: 2002-12-17 19:48:03 CET


Please enlighten me, as this is one of the the weirdest things I've ever

Why aren't version numbers in Subversion sources?

I thought that some scripts (tools/ directory comes to mind) have missing
version header because they're unimportant, were created in 10 minutes and
is autor had better to do than propset svn:keywords. But I realised just a
moment before that the whole subversion source tree is one big versionless
heap of code. There is no way to tell whether the code on my disk is newer
or older than the one in the repos!

Someone please explain this, or kick me while pointing to the entry in the
FAQ which explains this. And meanwhile tell the secret method everyone uses
to decide the relation between an exported file and its pair in the

Or if there isn't any, what possibly the reason behind not to use $Id$ in
the sources? Does it cause compatibility problems? Security risk? ...?

If there's none, then why not $Id$ the sources (preferably the ones
distributed in source form in the sources, and the others in their
respective help screens)?

Thank you,

ps: sorry for the emails from me today, I tried to create a working
repository, and all these issues just popped up. now for example I have to
diff things manually and figure out whether it's a fix or an "unfix", thus
figuring out the timeline.

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