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Re: 1.2.0 tarballs up for testing/signing

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-05-23 19:00:32 CEST

Oops :-(.

I have no objection to this thread being here, but please don't start
it as a reply to an unrelated thread. Note this is not merely a
matter of changing the Subject header. See


for details.

At this early stage, I would recommend restarting the thread.


David Weintraub <qazwart@gmail.com> writes:
> Over on the Subversion User List, there has been quite a discussion on
> the problems with "tags" and the need for a true object type called a
> "label". This discussion can be found at:
> <http://subversion.tigris.org/servlets/BrowseList?listName=users&by=thread&from=319767&to=319767&first=1&count=115>
> <http://tinyurl.com/d4ql8>
> After extensive debate, we felt it was time for the Subversion
> developers to get involved in our discussion.
> We agree that tags have several short comings:
> Tags are not first class objects in Subversion -- just another
> directory. It is up to the administrator to know that a particular
> directory is a tag and not a branch. This type of knowledge is stored
> in the implementation of the site and not in Subversion itself.
> Once a tag is created, there is no real mechanism built into
> Subversion that protects the sanctity of that tag. A user can checkout
> the tag's directory, make modifications, then commit those changes.
> This means an admin could create a REV1.0 tag directory, and have
> users change it without the administrator's knowledge.
> There is also no way a tag can be used in Subversion's "svn" sub
> commands. For example, in order to compare the current version of
> foo.c with foo.c in revision REV1.2, you have to either copy REV1.2's
> version of foo elsewhere and use an external diff command, or find out
> the revision number that was used to create REV1.2, then plug that
> into the diff command. It would be much easier if you could do this:
> $ svn diff -rREV1.2 foo.c
> On the Subversion User's list, we've discussed several ways to
> implement tags which I'm not going to go through here since that is
> really up to the developers. We do agree that we'd like to see the
> following features implemented:
> 1). There should be a fairly easy to use "svn mklabel" command that
> creates the label.
> 2). Anyone should be able to create a label, but only the Subversion
> administrator should be able to change it. This would include editing
> the label, moving it, renaming it, and even deleting it.
> 3). You need to be able to list the various label names created.
> 4). Most importantly, all of the sub commands for svn and svnlook that
> take the --revision parameter must understand the concept of labels.
> That is, I should be able to specify a label rather than a revision
> number, and Subversion automatically does the right thing
> We also discussed several ways labels could be implemented: As a
> special property on files, as an alias to a particular revision
> number, and as a special instance of a "tag". However, we realize the
> question of how labels should be implemented is really up to the
> developers.
> Any thoughts about labels vs. tags?
> --
> David Weintraub
> qazwart@gmail.com
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