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Re: RFC: a permanent svn-specific URL syntax

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2003-06-02 07:02:23 CEST

On Tue, May 27, 2003 at 10:17:08PM -0500, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> Daniel Patterson <danpat@adaptiveinternational.com> writes:
> > A web interface is a pretty major selling point for SVN here, a reliable
> > way to allow browsing through history would be good :)
> The problem here is that we don't want to make Subversion into a
> complete ViewCVS replacement. ViewCVS already does a really beautiful
> job displaying older revisions, log history, and diffs. Pushing
> Subversion into that territory reinvents a wheel and becomes extra
> feature-bloat we have to support.

Yah. I was cranky enough when the XML/XSLT stuff was added. Subversion is in
the business of providing a versioning tool, and we can (and do) rely on
external tools to provide all the extra snazzy functionality.

> So it's a slippery slope: at the moment, many people are frustrated
> that Subversion only displays the HEAD revision to ordinary web
> browsers. Most of us think it's necessary to add the ability to
> browse an arbitrary revision. But I hope we draw the line there.

Bah. Where was the line with adding XML/XSLT output? Oh, and how about the
addition of the SVNReposName directive? Where were the lines there?

Don't kid yourself... it keeps moving every time somebody suggests "this one
simple little change". Three years from now, you could be looking at an
entirely different beast. Bit by bit...


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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