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Re: damned 'svn log' behavior

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2003-02-24 12:32:18 CET

On Sat, Feb 22, 2003 at 10:00:13AM -0800, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:
> > So I'm sitting at the trunk, yet the -r 5000 doesn't show me that a change
> > was made underneath my current position.
> It absolutely does! In revision 5000, there were no changes within
> /trunk. Mike's commit was within /branches.

Ah. I didn't realize it was in the branch (I just read the logmsg).

> > Even so, it still seems assinine that when I ask for the log about a
> > specific revision, that I don't get that data. What if the change was over
> > in /clients/? Better to know that, then to report nothing.
> Absolutely not. If I run 'svn log -rX:Y', I only want to see
> changes that happened within '.', not changes for the entire damn
> repository!

Not necessarily. I might also want to see those log messages, period.
Consider the RM function and wanting to see all log messages since the last

> > What ends up happening is that 'svn log -r NNN' tends to fail for me more
> > often than not, and I have to use the URL form.
> I have to wonder, why are you constantly asking for the log of a
> single specific revision?

Ever see this phrase? "Fixed in rev 5020" ? Hell yah, I often want to see
log messages of single revisions. IOW, I see it as a valid use case...

> > Ick icky. We're talking about user workarounds here, and changing
> > patterns of behavior from obvious to non-obvious.
> As a compromise, perhaps we can add a switch to 'svn log' which forces
> it to run against the root of repository.

Well, I'd probably view it as "don't consider the path". To me, the notion
of "filter only to this dir" is highly non-intuitive. Any time that I
specify a revision, it means I want info about that revision, regardless of
where I happen to be sitting in my working copy.

> (FWIW, I've never been bitten by this problem. I run 'svn log' on
> specific files, or on ranges of revisions. But I never find myself
> asking for a specific revision out of thin air. I wonder why your
> use-cases are so different?)

See above...


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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