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Re: Subversion Revision Numbers driving me Batty. What about a SECOND revision number?

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2003-10-22 00:30:17 CEST

Robert Simmons wrote:

> So here I am playing with subversion and looking at the repository I notice that
> a file has the version 105. Now I know damn well that file has been changed
> perhaps a grand total of 10 times but my version system tells me 105 times.

Ahh, but the version system is not telling you it's changed 105 times.
It's telling you that the file is in the state that it was in during the
105th revision of the repository. It's just a matter of vocabulary.

> The issue I am grappling with is one of duality. While I understand the desire
> and indeed need to upgrade the revision of the entire project at checkin time, I
> find it annoying to have to see files that change seldom, if at all, to be so
> highly numbered. Many CVS refugees will also likely find this weird.
> As a senior developer, the low revision nubers tell me one of two things:
> 1) This piece of code is extremely stable.
> or
> 2) This code coudl be extremely stale.
> Now, Im not suggesting ditching the current revision numbering at all. However,
> what would be the harm in introducing a new number. Since "Revision" is taken as
> a concept, what about "File Version" ? This would simply store the number of
> times one specific file had changed. In this matter I get all the benefit of the
> current revision system without loosing any benefit of seeing file version.
> So what impact would this happen? Unless you guys were all smoking pot when you
> designed this thing (and heck if I know because my C is VERY rusty) it shouldnt
> be a big modification to tack one extra number and one extra keyword,
> $FileVersion: 5 $ into the system.
> So what do you think?

That the 'number of times this file changed' isn't a hugely useful bit
of information. It doesn't tell you anything at all about how much is
actually being changed, and in all the time i've been working with
Subversion I haven't missed per-file revisions at all. Not once. Yes,
it's a bit of a transition, but not a huge one.


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