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Re: rationale for 'svnversion' (vs 'svn version') ?

From: Barry Scott <barry_at_barrys-emacs.org>
Date: 2005-03-24 01:07:10 CET

These replies seem to be saying that svnversion is only of interest to
svn team in its build and not that important even then.

Whatever the history of the svnversion command it is a very useful
I use it in all my builds to capture the revision that is being built.
If it did not
exist I'd have written my own.

I think Fabien makes a reasonable observation that It does seems odd in
sight that its not one of the svn subcommands.


On Mar 22, 2005, at 15:57, Philip Martin wrote:

> "C. Michael Pilato" <cmpilato@collab.net> writes:
>> Fabien COELHO <fabien@coelho.net> writes:
>>> Hello devs,
>>> While translating svn help messages in French, it occured to me that
>>> the rationale for a separate commande 'svnversion', vs a simple
>>> subcommand of svn, 'svn version', is quite unclear, at least to me.
>> Well, for your specific suggestion, it's because there already is an
>> 'svn version', which tells you what version of the 'svn' binary you
>> are using.
> 'svn version' didn't exist when svnversion was written, it
> was 'svn --version' only in those days.
>> My reason for preferring a separate executable is that I don't think
>> svnversion is something that your everyday Subversion user is going to
>> use or care a thing about. In my mind, it exists as a utility program
>> because its functionality isn't important enough to be a full-fledge
>> 'svn' subcommand.
> svnversion dates back to pre-1.0 days and was written when we were
> considering whether/how to include the working copy version in the
> 'svn --version' output. I wrote svnversion as a separate executable
> with the vague idea that it might be possible to run it during the
> build and incorporate the information into the svn executable.
> Nothing ever came of that idea, although svnversion does get run
> during 'make install'.
> If I was attempting to solve the problem of getting the revision at
> build time today I would simply use the installed Subversion (which is
> reasonable now that Subversion has been released but didn't make much
> sense back in the 0.17 days) and fallback to something like 'unknown'
> if it was not available.
> --
> Philip Martin
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