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Re: svn version subcommand

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-07-28 18:44:30 CEST

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:
> In r10430, brane committed a change to implement "svn version" as a
> subcommand.
>
> As far as I know, this idea came up in some smoky back room and was
> implemented without much discussion. I am close to -1 on it because:

Its discussion was spread out over a long time, and was never very
involved. Not a smoky back room, but not exactly broadcast over a
megaphone either. It's related to issue #1959 (show server version
when given URl), an issue which kind-of-sort-of implies -- but doesn't
come right out and say -- there should be an 'svn version' command.

> * I think we need to keep our subcommand count small. If a user
> wants to figure out how to do something, the list of subcommands
> is one of the primary places to look. The longer this list, the
> longer it will take users to find what they want.
>
> * Subcommands are typically seen as verbs, not as nouns. So people
> might get derailed thinking that there is an svn subcommand to
> "version" a file or directory.

I'm +0 on it. I don't think it will confuse people very much; on the
other hand, if there were a way to add the show-server-version feature
without making this a subcommand, I'd be fine with that too.

-Karl, taking a cue from the current US Democratic National Convention
       by straddling both sides.

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