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Re: SVN need to delete/create-temp/rename files instead of simply ove rwriting them (suggestion how to workaround)

From: Philip Martin <philip_at_codematters.co.uk>
Date: 2004-12-05 22:22:18 CET

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:

> On Sun, 2004-12-05 at 14:29, Philip Martin wrote:
>> Patches, as ever, welcome! Is that unfair?
> It's unfair if we won't accept the patches.
> We have a choice between atomic replacement (which means working copy
> files won't be left in intermediate states, which is good) and
> preserving the file identity.

If the change were only to apply to changes made while running a log
file then the intermediate states would be irrelevant. It's far from
trivial to make Subversion behave this way, but I think it could be

> I think atomic replacement is the right
> choice; even if we back up file contents before overwriting them, users
> won't necessarily know where to look for the backups.

User's probably wouldn't need to know, only "svn cleanup" would ever
have to deal with them.

> And we're far
> from the only tool which performs atomic replacement to update files.

Agreed, although some tools, e.g. (x)emacs, allow the user to choose.

Philip Martin
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Received on Sun Dec 5 22:23:43 2004

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