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Re: use svn:externals for build/generator/ezt.py?

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-11-03 19:21:07 CET

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:
> I'd be +1 on throwing out svn:externals before we reach 1.0, so I'm -0
> on using it ourselves.
>
> (Yeah, I know we have some people using it, mostly for internal
> references, and they'd be sad. But I'm pretty convinced that keeping
> them happy isn't worth the ick.)

I understand the sentiment. This is a borderline case, but I think we
should keep them. It's not costing us that much these days, and the
feature is helping a lot of people (generally in larger organizations,
I think, based on list mails, irc, and private communications).

Also, there is a long-term plan for handling svn:externals cleanly,
and the property format doesn't change in that plan. So the values
people set today will one day behave very cleanly in the working copy,
instead of only, uh, mildly cleanly as they do now. (That long term
plan is alluded to near the end of issue #959, but I thought we had
captured it more completely somewhere. Does anyone remember where?
It's the idea of including foreign items into a .svn/entries file as
first class objects -- in other words, mixing data from different
repositories cleanly in a single working copy.)

-K

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