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Re: RFC: Log Message Templates via new hook.

From: Michael Sweet <mike_at_easysw.com>
Date: 2005-05-19 16:19:20 CEST

John Peacock wrote:
> Michael Sweet wrote:
>> 1. Per-directory templates
>> 2. Basic substitution/expansion from a static template, e.g.:
>> I'm not too concerned about *how* this functionality is provided,
>> however it seems to me that #1 would be satisfied by a new
>> svn:log-template directory property, #2 would be satisfied by a
>> little API on the client side, and #3 would be satisfied by the
>> existing pre-commit hook.
> So the log template would be:
> a) a versioned directory property (so the site admin could establish one
> for each "project" or even per-directory);

A simplistic approach could even make the property per-file, but I
think that is overkill and might be confusing (i.e. "why doesn't
my new file use the same template").

> b) cached in the client WC (does not require network access to retrieve);
> c) automatically expanded using the normal keyword substitution rules
> (along with the $Files$ keyword) prior to starting the $EDITOR.
> I don't think #2 requires more than a very minimal alteration to the
> client API to do this if we support inherited properties.


>> I don't see how a dynamic template hook would be that useful since
>> you can bypass the template by providing the log message directly
>> in the commit...
> Agreed. It seems like we can get almost all of the clever features of
> the smart templates without requiring a very narrow API that does *only*
> that with server-side hooks.
> I hate to keep carping on this, but I think the real discussion for
> server->client configuration should start with inherited properties
> (files inherit from their containing directory; the server manages
> directory inheritance on checkout). This more generic feature would
> give us a way to support autoprops, directory-based log templates, and
> other distributed property features.

Yes, exactly!

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
Internet Printing and Document Software          http://www.easysw.com
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