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Re: [PATCH]Issue #2219 - svn:keywords canonicalization

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-03-01 17:01:58 CET

Max Bowsher wrote:

> Wait a sec!
> I hugely dislike the proposal to canonicalize to the LastChangedFoo form.
> The LastChanged bit is extra explanatory verbiage which might help to
> explain the value to random audience browsing the file, without any
> knowledge of keywords, but is unnecessary and makes the important
> information in svn:keywords less visible.

Then the book needs to change:


clearly states that the long form is the keyword and the short(er) forms
are aliases. We shouldn't state these are the aliases, yet canonify to
them. The set of canonical values must, in my mind, be exactly the ones
that are listed in the documentation as the non-aliased values.

> I think we should canonicalize towards:
> HeadURL
> Author
> Revision
> Date
> Id

I have no real problem with this, as long as the documentation is
changed to reflect it (and it more closely reflect the CVS usage, so
there is less suprise).

>> The idea is that we cannot fix the existing svn:keywords values (until a
>> dump/reload cycle, say for 1.2.0)
> We can't have a mandatory dump/load until 2.0.0.

Sorry, my fingers didn't type what my brain thought... ;)


John Peacock
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