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Re: let's kill svn:externals

From: Vladimir Prus <ghost_at_cs.msu.su>
Date: 2003-07-24 07:49:34 CEST

Garrett Rooney wrote:

> ok, that's it, i've seen yet another post by someone with a problem with
> externals, and i've had it. i've been thinking about this for a while,
> and i'm tired of keeping quiet about it.
> can we just get rid of the svn:externals feature?
> it doesn't work that well, smacks of 'creeping featuritis', and can
> easily be replicated by a script of some sort for those who need this
> kind of functionality.

The biggest problem I have with svn:externals is that "svn st"/"svn ci"
don't care about them --- which often causes me to forget comitting some
changes. How would a script help with that? Yep, I can write wrapper script
over svn which will handle "svn st" by traversing externals... and that
script should handle "ci", and "up", and maybe "log". I'd say this is too
much scripting for a conceptually simple thing: "dependency on external
project", and it's better handled by the tool itself.

- Volodya

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