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Re: The `on_disk' and `in_repos' templates.

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-04-08 18:06:04 CEST

Karl Fogel <kfogel@newton.ch.collab.net> writes:

> Yes, that's a value judgement :-). You want to take a survey of users
> on the dev list? I'll bet we'll find that most people didn't know or
> had ignored both kinds of templates; that of the remaining people, a
> few had tried to understand them and decided they weren't worth the
> effort, and that (maybe) a couple of people actually *use* them.

This is sort of how I feel about the issue.

I mean... look at the world of CVS. Administrators create lots of CVS
repositories. There are automated systems out there that create lots
of CVS repositories too. I have *never* heard of a complaint along
the lines of, "damn, I wish 'cvs init' could automatically lay out the
repository for me from a template.".

It's just not a common problem. I know the itch is intense for
gstein, but I think he's imagining other people have this itch too,
when it seems (to me) like people just don't. Automated scripts that
create repositories do many things, and the template feature doesn't
noticeably reduce the complexity of the task.

I feel like we're swatting a fly with a Buick. Whether the problem is
a "fly" is subjective I guess... maybe only answerable by survey, as
kfogel suggests. But for me, the solution is a "Buick" the minute our
public C API grows new arguments. :-)

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