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Re: A proposed solution for svn admin directory names

From: steveking <steveking_at_gmx.ch>
Date: 2005-06-29 18:25:15 CEST

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> On Jun 29, 2005, at 10:51 AM, Jonathan Malek wrote:
>> #define SVN_WC_ADM_DIR_NAME ( ( getenv( "SVN_ADM_DIR") ) ? ( getenv(
>> "SVN_ADM_DIR") ) : (".svn") )
>> Thanks for taking the time to look at this Ben--I know it's been
>> hashed and rehashed, but I think this is a simple solution that works.
> The 'cons' of this proposal previously were based on the assumption
> that making the value of SVN_ADM_DIR into a runtime option would have
> involved using ~/.subversion/config, which would have been a huge
> coding change. But now it seems like a tweak to the already existing
> #define will accomplish the same task.
> The only other 'con' listed was that ASP.NET working copies would be
> non-portable. But frankly, that's the world we already live in. There
> are already lots of shops out there using 'special' TortoiseSVN builds
> which use '_svn' directories. So from where I stand, this proposal
> seems like a net gain. Nothing gets any worse, but it means Tortoise
> can stop making special releases.
> IANTSP -- "I am not the subversion project". Do any other developers
> have opinions about this?

Well, changing that define would break the compatibility (source, not
binary), so it would have to wait until 2.0 ?

On Windows, it's common to use the _T() macro for UNICODE strings. And
every program using the SVN_WC_ADM_DIR_NAME define inside such a _T()
macro would fail to build!

So, I suggest introducing something like

# define SVN_WC_ADM_DIR_NAME (( getenv( "SVN_ADM_DIR") ) ? (
getenv("SVN_ADM_DIR") ) : (".svn") )
# define SVN_WC_ADM_DIR_NAME ".svn"

and then let the client decide which one to use by setting the define

Of course, if source compatibility isn't important, changing the define
wouldn't hurt much - some simple changes in the source will do to make
it compile again.


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