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Re: .svn Directory Question

From: <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-05-06 17:45:01 CEST

Edmund Horner <edmund@chrysophylax.cjb.net> writes:

> Hopefully, by "hidden" you mean has the hidden attribute set. AFAIK,
> in Windows this is only used for displaying the item in directory
> lists. There should be few applications (and Subversion should not be
> one of them) that use it for anything else.
> On Unix .svn is "hidden" because it begins with a dot. This is
> standard practice for things that users normally don't want cluttering
> up their listings. It doesn't affect the file in any other way.
> Perhaps for consistency (in appearance, if not in practice) Subversion
> should set the hidden attribute in Windows.

Yeah, I've since been convinced that this would be a good thing. I
originally opposed it (long ago) because the use of hidden file and
directories is so much less common on Windows than on Unix. Whereas
every Unix user learns on Day One that adding the '-a' to 'ls' will
show them everything, there aren't generally that many Windows users
who know that you can use 'DIR /A:H', or that you can set the Explorer
options to show hidden files.

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