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Re: Final(?) Relative Externals format

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-01-26 03:42:13 CET

Julian Foad wrote:
> Max Bowsher wrote:
>> I still feel strongly that we need a repos-root-relative externals
>> capability.
>> It's a rather horrible design to require hardcoding the served path of
>> a repository into the repository, when there is no real reason to do so.
> +1. Well said. If you accept that it must mean "within this
> repository" and not allow navigating out of the repository with "..",
> then I think the case has been made for including that facility. Now we
> only (!) need to agree on a syntax.

Not to throw water on the nice fire you are building, but this brings up a question:

The client code currenty does not (at the WC level at least) know what portion
of the URL is the repository root directory and what part is the root-relative
path that you need to know in order to create the externals.

Since this is the case, are we going to be automatically limiting the usage of
such externals to people who know how the repository itself is structured?
Wouldn't it be better to somehow expose the information (see issue #960) so that
the user would have a way to discern this information?


John Peacock
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