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Re: Yet another Case-Insensitive File System Problem

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2003-07-30 20:24:11 CEST

Garrett Rooney wrote:

> The problem is, this is rather core to the Subversion philosophy with
> regard to files and directories. We version tree structures, and you
> are talking about two different parts of the tree. Automatically
> merging them just because they have similar names is not a trivial thing
> to do, and I'm not convinced it's the right thing to do.

And that's a fair analysis of the merge proposal. That may be an unworkable
scheme, and I fully accept that. Branko came up with some things I had not
considered that strongly argues against even attempting that route. Based on
what he suggested, I can ameliorate the worst effects of the mistake in this
particular repository. The problem won't go away in the general case, however.

Giving us poor NTFS souls a way, even a limited way, to continue to participate
is much better, IMHO, than simply erroring out due to the idiotic limitations of
the local filesystem. Being able to exclude a portion of the tree during
checkout seems a reasonable concession in that direction. Think of it as an
svn:antiexternal feature.


John Peacock
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