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Re: [PATCH] check name svn special properties

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-08-01 19:49:45 CEST

Dale Worley wrote:
> This sounds like a very good idea to me also. "svn:*" properties are
> reserved to Subversion; there's no reason for anyone to create one that
> Subversion doesn't recognize, and 99% of the time it is a mistake.

Yes, but my objection to locating this code _in the client_ is still
there. Say we add this to 1.3 and then for 1.4, a new svn: property
gets added (say svn:log-template). Now our compatibility guidelines
require that a 1.3 client must be able to communicate with a 1.4 server,
but it doesn't have to get all of the new functionality. In this case,
any 1.3 client must use --force to set the svn:log-template property.

So, although it is possible to work around it with the backrev'd client,
but it might be considered a hindrance to the adoption of new
properties. It's not likely that the project will be adding new
properties willy-nilly, but if more are added, it would become an
increasing nuisance to know which properties need --force and which do
not. I know, users should keep their clients up to date, but there is
no way to require it.

Just my 2 cents. I'm -0.5 on the feature in the client; it should
really be server mediated.


John Peacock
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