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[UPDATED] was Re: [POST 1.0 task] Custom Keywords - Issue 890

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-02-20 18:16:45 CET

John Peacock wrote:

> I have begun working to update the patch that Plasma submitted lo these
> many months ago to support custom keywords:

I finally got over the core problem (forgot to init a hash) and everything tests
clean. I will post the diff to the issue RSN (I need to add tests and a commit
message). Unfortunately, the patch changes some function signatures so that it
will not be suitable for the 1.1.x development (as I read HACKING), which is a
great disappointment. I wish I had taken the time to do this several months ago
so it could have been part of 1.0; now it will hang in limbo until 2.0...

I have to say that _I_ think the APR versioning guidelines are too restrictive
for an application (but understandable for a library). The failure to provide
for a smaller /public/ interface (which requires strong binary compatibility
controls) vs strictly /private/ internal interfaces (which can change more
rapidly), is going to keep many useful enhancements out of the main subversion
project for an extended period of time. Or it is going to require increasingly
perverse wrapping functions to hide the "improved" interfaces.

Don't worry! I'm not trying to start a fight at this late date. I am resigned
to the fact that I will never be running an "official" release of svn. I will
always have a few patches for features I feel I want/need to have in my local
installations (like this one and the recent 'svnserve --tunnel-user' patch). I
will also be on my own if there are problems. Caveat programmer. I wonder how
many others will be similarly conflicted...


John Peacock
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