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RE: [PATCH] new property 'svn:tarballs'

From: Sander Striker <striker_at_apache.org>
Date: 2003-07-13 03:09:33 CEST

> From: Lele Gaifax [mailto:lele@seldati.it]
> Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 2:55 AM

> >>>>> Ben Collins-Sussman l'ha dit:
> Ben> Subversion is not a build system. It's a way to version
> Ben> source code.
> Well, consider Subversion itself for an actual example: it'd make it a
> breeze fetch an arbitrary tagged version *with* exactly the right
> version of the various external libs that version depended on. No need
> of parsing the README to extract that info.

Oh, great, so I'd get tarballs pulled down my pipe that I don't need nor
want? (since I already have the dependencies either binary installed
or available in source form).

-1 (and yes, a -1 is a veto). This doesn't belong in Subversion.

svn:externals gets sources from other Subversion repositories, and is
borderline IMHO. Fetching tarballs is really out of scope. Especially
since tarballs good come from http, ftp, carrier pigeon... That's a
bunch of extra dependencies to add to subversion. Not to mention the
required (linkage/external cmd) to unzip compressed tarballs, and to
untar tarballs.

> This is actually a thing that I'd ask to a versioning system, not to a
> build system. I do not care if it's done within svn or not, but I think
> it would be nice to reserve a *standard* and promoted property to track
> this kind of things.

That's policy, not implementation.


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