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RE: Why not hide .SVN dir on windows?

From: Sander Striker <striker_at_apache.org>
Date: 2003-05-23 09:57:29 CEST

> From: John Barstow [mailto:John_Barstow@gfsg.co.nz]
> Sent: Friday, May 23, 2003 7:12 AM

> Just some additional feedback; I went back to my users for their reasoning.
> The .svn directory is always listed first in explorer. This is confusing,
> especially in leaf directories.
> Where using TortoiseSVN, it's not flagged as a versioned resource, so he
> automatically deletes it before committing. (I kid you not. This has
> caused no end of grief.)


> Searches (example: dir foo.* /s) always bring up the text-base. Bad for
> batch files and build scripts with wildcards.

This holds true on *nix aswell:

  find . -name 'foo.*'

> Directory auto-completion in the command shell brings up .svn when some
> other directory starts with s.

/me tries

Yep, you're right. How annoying. Broken auto-completion! :)

BTW, turning on autocompletion on the commandline requires a registry tweak,
which is something I wouldn't let your .svn-deleting-guy anywhere near in
fear of him deleting 'superfluous' keys ;) :)

> xcopy across the network sends all these .svn folders to the network drive.

Which is expected and desired. Say I wanted to transfer my working copy to
another box, then I would want the .svn folders aswell.

> (I know, they should be using svn export, but this is what users do. The
> same guy complained about cut-and-paste in explorer). Noone here copying
> files intends to include the .svn folders, ever.

Sounds like a case for UserEd. to me.
> I mentioned 4 users wanted the directories hidden; I should also mention
> that only one user (me) finds the status quo tolerable. Mainly because I
> use svn export on a regular basis.

An educated user ;).


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