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RE: Why not hide .SVN dir on windows?

From: John Barstow <John_Barstow_at_gfsg.co.nz>
Date: 2003-05-23 00:27:07 CEST

> From: Branko Cibej [mailto:brane@xbc.nu]
> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 8:02 PM

> dimentiy@dimentiy.info wrote:
> >>I think hiding the meta data is a good thing
> >
> >I'm absolutely sure with this.
> >
> Arguments, please. Personal taste doesn't matter here; usability does.
> Will hiding the .svn directories cause problems for users? If not, why

It seems clear to me that:
 a) Hiding the .svn directories will cause problems for novice users.
 b) Showing the .svn directories is annoying for advanced users (thus the
repeated raising of this issue).
 c) Hiding them manually is a maintenance hassle. (i.e; everytime I
checkout, I need to hide them. Everytime I add a directory, I need to hide
the newly-created .svn)

The obvious solution is to add a configuration option that can be set on a
per-site or per-client basis. Default it to show the directories (so as not
to disturb novice users), and document how to hide the directories (so the
advanced user can do so).
All the config option should do is control whether the hidden flag is set
when a .svn directory is created. I would expect this to be a bite-sized
task; I might tackle it myself next week if I can make the time.

John C Barstow

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