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Re: PATCH: $Header$ handling

From: Alexander L. Belikoff <abel_at_vallinor4.com>
Date: 2004-07-22 04:51:11 CEST

On Wednesday 21 July 2004 22:05, John Peacock wrote:
> I'm not saying that $Header$ isn't useful, just that the number of people
> who have been asking for it is not as significant as other CVS keywords
> (specifically $Log$, which is _not_ going to be supported).

<shudder> $Log$ was an abomination even in RCS. I am yet to hear a
constructive reason for using it (a lot of our legacy code has it - imagine
some foo.c at revision 1.632 with $Log$ inside). Considering how non-trivial
it would be to implement it *correctly*, I'd rather see those cycles going
towards the better merge facility rather than $Log$.

I think the next serious step in the keyword business would be the
implementation of the custom keywords. That would be invaluable for the
environments with multiple source control systems. I am aware of one team
using hacked SVN that implements an SvnId keyword, that works exactly like
$Id$ just to have that one preserved when they promote their team code to the
global RCS repository. These things should be solved on a more generic level.

Alexander L. Belikoff                      GPG f/pr: 0D58 A804 1AB1 4CD8 8DA9
Bloomberg L.P.                                       424B A86E CD0D 8424 2701
abel *at* vallinor4 *dot* com             (http://pgp5.ai.mit.edu for the key)
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