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Re: Supporting non-XML-safe pathnames

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-11-24 16:47:44 CET

Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman@collab.net> writes:

> > Since Subversion shouldn't limit the OS capabilities arbitrarily,
> ...why not?

Because there's no compelling reason not to support it? Because if we
were in the business of limiting OS capabilities, we'd be catering to
the lowest common denominator of support across across all known
supported OSes, which means we'd be trying to case-protect stuff on
Linux for the sake of Windows users, dropping symlink support,
dropping svn:executable support, etc?

Of course we have to weigh the pros and cons. If adding this support
makes libsvn_wc (yet another) 50% slower, we probably don't want to
bother. But if the only concern you have is that we add a little
complexity (which, by the way, would be entirely contained to the
existing code at the fringes of XML transport), that's just the cost
of almost any feature.

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