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RE: Why not hide .SVN dir on windows?

From: Mark Watts <mwatts3_at_stny.rr.com>
Date: 2003-05-23 02:43:38 CEST

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Branko Cibej [mailto:brane@xbc.nu]
> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 19:41
> To: John Barstow
> Cc: 'Sander Striker'; dimentiy@dimentiy.info;
> dev@subversion.tigris.org
> John Barstow wrote:
> >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.
> >
> >
> It's not entirely bite-sized -- it requires an APR change,
> for one thing. Hiding the admin dir is one thing, but adding
> the config option is quite another: it requires adding the
> client context to yet another
> (zillion) call paths.
> All I can say is, I prototyped this in my WC -- including the
> APR change
> -- just to make sure that it doesn't hurt the tests on Windows.
> Now, before I go any further with this, I'd like to see a
> poll of Subversion _users_ on Windows -- not developers, nor
> even TortoiseSVN developers, but real users. I can get
> private feedback from about 30 people at work. I'd be
> delighted if others could do the same.

I am a user of Subversion on Windows XP and I like the idea of a config
option. Having used Subversion quite a bit more since my last post I have
come to see both sides. Users unfamilier with Windows odities when dealing
with hidden sub-directories would be come confused, and yet advanced windows
users find they get in the way. As a user the config option would
definently make me happy.

BTW: Though I am a windows user and I do have TortoiseSVN installed I do all
my work from the command line. I find it faster and as it is the primary
interface for the program, it is where the advanced capabilities reside.
Using a pretty UI might come later...but then again maybe not.


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