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Re: [PATCH] check name svn special properties

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2005-08-01 23:13:52 CEST

John Peacock wrote:
> Julian Foad wrote:
>> Most of the properties in question are entirely client-side features -
>> at least the node props, svn:ignore, svn:mime-type, svn:log-template,
>> svn:eol-style, svn:externals. It doesn't seem to make any sense for
>> the server to mediate their use. No? Perhaps the rev props
>> (svn:date, svn:author, svn:log) are mainly server-side.
> Just because the node props have a client-side effect[1] doesn't mean
> that there isn't a situation where being able to affect[1] them from the
> server is desireable. I'm thinking specifically of the proposal for
> inherited properties, where the server will push out defaults (for
> values like svn:ignore or svn:log-template) based on site preferences
> and the client will use those values.

Please could you concoct an imaginary but realistic use case and demonstrate
how this proposal would adversely affect it? I still can't see it.

> 1) you wouldn't believe the long discussion on the Perl Porters list
> about _a_ffect vs. _e_ffect!

Heh! I wince whenever I see them being misused, but I carefully refrain from
commenting in an inappropriate forum like this. Let me guess. Some people
helpfully explained that "affect" is the verb and "effect" is the noun, but
then other people had to explain to them how "effect" can be used correctly as
a verb. The people who weren't sure of the basics didn't quite understand what
a "noun" and a "verb" are, and didn't get the distinction between the two verbs
because it was a bit subtle and not carefully explained, and so it went on.

Personally, my favourite spelling gripe at the moment is "then" for "than".
Unlike effect/affect the meanings of "then" and "than" are very different, so
there's much less excuse for confusing them. Both cases are (in my mind)
easily explained by the fact that some people have not learned to be conscious
of a difference when speaking and hearing the words (regardless of whether the
pronunciation is distinct), but that makes it no less irritating!

Oh, and my other favourite gripe is people confusing "i.e." and "e.g.". And
writing "ect" for "etc." Grr. Don't get me started!

- Julian

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