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Re: add FAQ about the status of symlink support.

From: Travis P <svn_at_castle.fastmail.fm>
Date: 2004-04-24 20:56:51 CEST

On Apr 24, 2004, at 12:53 PM, Greg Hudson wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-04-23 at 16:48, Travis P wrote:
>> Alex's entry also agrees with what I recall transpired on the "how to
>> check in a symlink?"
>> discussion on the users@ list just this month.
>> ( http://www.contactor.se/~dast/svnusers/archive-2004-04/ )
> I reviewed the thread and didn't see any committers saying, "No, we
> will
> never have support for checking in symlinks." I saw people discussing
> possible approaches to the Windows problem, and some committers saying
> it wasn't a very high priority. Did I miss something?
> I don't know what transpired on the #svn channel. But it's easy to
> confuse "none of us people currently with commit bits are very sanguine
> about doing it, for reasons foo and bar" with "it could never happen."

I would agree that the statement, "there are no plans to include such
support" might be mistakenly read, "the issue has been considered and
rejected." Alex's faq suggestion also invited participatory comments
about the portability problem, thus showing that the project is not
closed to the idea. Maybe the faq answer can be revised to more
accurately describe the situation.

As I read the situation from the mailing lists (I don't know what
transpired on irc either): given the lack of high priority amongst
committers, it seems reasonable to say that Unix-style symlinks are not
supported currently and their support is not a high priority nor an
active development item amongst committers at this time in the Spring
of 2004. That's my impression about where things stand, without
suggesting that things should be any different (though I am personally
interested in having symlink support as I do a lot of non-Windows-only
work :-). If the situation changes, the faq could be updated of
course. Having lots of up-to-date information on the project website
is a strength of this project.

The thread on users@ had a lot of suggestions such that I think it
needed committer interest to mediate what would or would not be
acceptable as an approach.


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