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Re: [ENHANCEMENT/BUG] svn list --verbose should not cut the author in the output

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2005-01-14 12:07:52 CET

Brian W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
> On Jan 12, 2005, at 11:37 AM, kfogel@collab.net wrote:
>> Laszlo Kishalmi <laszlo_kishalmi@epam.com> writes:
>>> It seems that the command line subversion client cuts the author at
>>> 8th character in its output.
>> This has long bothered me too. In 'svn status' output, we print 12
>> columns worth of username. But in 'svn ls', we only print 8 columns
>> of username.
>> It would be an incompatible API change to go to 12 as the default for
>> 'ls -v' now. But it would be okay to add a run-time configuration
>> parameter to control this width. How would people feel about that?
> I think that it's silly to add a configuration option to fix what is, in
> my opinion, a bug. I don't see how this is the lesser of two evils
> (breaking compatibility being the other "evil").
> If we didn't have an API that folks can use from C, Java, Python, and
> Perl, and parsing output from svn was your only recourse, I might bend
> on this. As it stands, I'm strongly -1 on adding a run-time config
> parameter. This is a bug, let's just fix it.

What is the bug that you see? What do you see as a suitable "fix"? Choosing
some other fixed width? No, that would just fix it for some user names.
Making it variable-width? Then how to quote it for names containing spaces, etc.?

- Julian

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