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Re: Thoughts and open questions on patch/dump unification

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2004-09-17 01:57:44 CEST

Dave Rolsky wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Sep 2004, Max Bowsher wrote:
>>> Storing merge history will be in the subversion core in the future,
>>> according to the project's todo list. But the developers have been
>>> pretty
>>> clear that decentralized version control is not one of the their main
>>> goals.
>> Correct - but "not a main goal" is not the same as "go away, we don't
>> want
>> it even if well designed and coded". I'm only 1 opinion, but I don't see
>> any
>> reason why certain core svk-alike features couldn't migrate into
>> subversion
>> itself eventually.
> Agreed on the first point. On the second, the only problem there is that
> SVK is moving at an incredibly fast pace. Porting its feature set to
> Subversion would require catching up with it and writing all that code in
> C. C is not known for its quick development speed ;)

Indeed. Note that I said "certain core features" :-)

Let me take this moment to say that I think SVK is incredibly good for SVN,
in that it provides a breeding ground for exciting new designs for the

> But I'd imagine that if someone did the work, the core developers would
> take a serious look at incorporating it. I just don't know that
> convincing them to do it themselves is possible.

Unlikely, even just the medium term goals from
http://subversion.tigris.org/roadmap.html should keep them busy for quite
some time.

> On the subject of a more comprehensive patch format that applies to trees,
> that certainly seems like a useful thing.

Indeed, the basic need for "svn patch" has been lying around in the issue
tracker for years. http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=511

>> Although (IMO) it's easier to write unmaintainable code in Perl, it's
>> possible to write Perl which is just as maintainable as Python, given a
>> bit
>> of discipline.
> I suspect it's also possible to write Python which is just as
> unmaintainable as Perl, given a lack of discipline ;)

Yes, that's probably true ;-)


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