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Re: Subversion "labels" vs. "tags"

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2005-05-24 01:04:49 CEST

Julian Foad wrote:

> Branko Čibej wrote:
>
>> Once again, I'd like to draw attention to my proposal from a year ago:
>>
>> http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2004-04/0973.shtml
>
>
> That looks like it might be a sound basis on which to develop certain
> sorts of features including symbolic naming of revision numbers. Can
> you point to some use cases or a (fruitful) discussion of the need for
> that feature?

Ah. I recall there was a long thread on users@ and/or dev@ at the time,
similar to the one we're having now.

As to use cases, I mentioned a few in the post; these are obvious:

    * Mnemonic labels are easier to remember than revision numbers
    * If you do magic with svnadmin dump/load, i.e., split or merge
      repositories, revision numbers will change, but revision labels
      will retain their meaning.
    * If you look at our backporting process, wouldn't it be nice if you
      could define a single mnemonic alias to all the revisions that
      need to be merged from trunk to a release branch?

Indexing by revprop would be a great way to integrate, for example, a
bug tracking system with Subversion. Currently there's a de-facto
standard that puts bugtrack info into the log message, but it would be
better if you had (indexed) revision propertie for that.

Etc.

-- Brane

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