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Re: Locking: RFC: svn:needs-lock behaviors

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2005-02-05 23:15:46 CET

On Thu, 2005-02-03 at 20:02, Branko Čibej wrote:
> >>>Where did you get the canonical value '*' from?

> >Oof. Wish I'd noticed back at r5268. Oh well.

> Bikeshed problems again? :-)

Precisely.

> It was easier to canonicalize the value of boolean props than to teach
> the UI and API about the concept of boolean props. We could've
> canonicalized it to an empty string, but that would look weird in the
> proplist.

I have no problem with canonicalizing in principle; it just seems (to
me, right now) that '*' is a poor choice, being meaningless to humans
and a shell metacharacter.

It's conceivable that I was paying attention and had a different opinion
back then. Certainly 'true' or 'yes' could raise the false expectation
that 'false' or 'no' would have the intended effect. I think today I
would vote for the empty string, although it doesn't seem perfect. At
any rate, the decision's already made; the cost of changing it now would
far outweigh any incremental benefit in usability.

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