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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 13:04:56 CET

Leslie Kishalmi wrote:
> I'd welcome a '--long' option to these commands where none of the output
> were cut of, the main reason is to return a parseable (not especially
> visually, but by a program) without information loss.

If something like this were to be implemented, the "--strict" option that is
currently accepted by some commands would probably be the appropriate option name.

However, spaces and other characters in user names would require a quoting
mechanism which, while it need not be complex, would neither be really neat for
human viewing nor really easy to parse.

Also, note that the date field is currently not canonical: it is designed only
for human viewing.

> The most elegant solution would be an '--xml' option which would return
> an xml format, like the log command, and have the client property
> mentioned before.

Right. Regardless of whether we make any change to the plain text output, an
XML output is clearly needed, and is not difficult.

I'll do this. I've just started working on "--xml" options for "svn list" and
other information-giving commands. I will start a separate thread ("Parseable
output: --xml option for more commands") to discuss it.

- Julian

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