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Re: [BUG] The client can't use a different directory than .svn

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2003-12-10 19:20:07 CET

On Wed, 2003-12-10 at 12:54, Landon Clark wrote:
> First, SVN is not useless to Linux kernel development.

It's useless in the sense that it wouldn't improve the productivity of
the people whose productivity really matters. (They have a very
person-centric organization--Linus has to integrate ALL changes to the
de facto mainline, Marcelo has to integrate ALL changes to 2.4, and so
on.) I guess you could argue that they could reorganize to be more like
other open source projects, but they really really don't want to do

> Second, SVN has a stated goal of replacing CVS.

True, but we know we won't be able to replace CVS for absolutely

> I would also guess that there are quite a few more IIS / VS users than
> Interface Builder users but number of users is not always a driving
> concern. Also, the change to support "collections" in SVN is FAR larger
> than the change to support VS and IIS. That means that the work to
> reward ratio is much higher.

I think you underestimate the difficulty of getting from where we are
now to where you want to be (from .svn to something else on Windows).
The transition would not be easy.

On the other hand, just changing the #define would be trivial. And
we're open source. Feel free to release "svn with workaround for
ASP.net" packages which use a different admin directory, as long as
they're clearly marked as being working-copy-incompatible with stock

(Disclaimer: I have no authority over the svn trademark, if in fact
anyone is asserting control over such a trademark. I can't grant legal
permission to do anything the license doesn't already give you
permission to do.)

> Finally, I think that losing the feature of moving WC across platforms
> is a fair tradeoff for allowing users of one of the most popular
> software development platforms in the world (and trust me I wish it
> wasn't) to use svn.

It doesn't really matter how popular ASP.net is, if it's only generally
used by people who have no interest in Subversion. If ASP.net is really
popular among people who might use Subversion (in the next couple of
years, before Microsoft fixes the problem), then there should be no
shortage of resources to maintain the above-mentioned packages.

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