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Re: "svn link" v's relative externals

From: Chris Leishman <chris_at_leishman.org>
Date: 2005-09-27 03:36:11 CEST

On Tue, Sep 20, 2005 at 03:52:48 CEST, Karl wrote:
> Well, my initial reaction is: neat idea, but this specification barely
> scratches the tip of the beak of a penguin standing on the tip of the
> iceberg. Designing such a feature would require a lot of discussion &
> thought; it will turn out to be made almost entirely of edge cases. I
> personally don't have time to work on it, unfortunately. If you can
> find developers who do, then it may go somewhere. But please note
> that there are always hundreds of ideas floating around. Most will
> never get implemented. It's not because they're bad, it's just
> because there are always more ideas than hands and heads to code them.

It wasn't intended to be a specification - just an idea to consider
rather than going down the path of trying to implement repository
relative externals. The implementation of relative externals seems
stalled at the moment as the debate that occured in the "Relative
Externals Format" thread was never resolved. This is just an idea to
resolve that by removing the difficult 'repository relative externals'
from the issue, as it could be solved with something like 'svn link'.

The thread mentioned is archived here:

I'd love to implement such a feature, or find people who are interested,
but that wasn't my objective right now and I don't have the domain
knowledge of subversion yet to consider that. I was just hoping to at
least provide a road-map idea, which would then allow the 'relative
externals' debate to be resolved with some very clear objectives of how
all the requirements could be implemented (and it would then be up to
whomever wants them to actually get the implementations done).

Of course, I'd also love to know if the idea of a link is techincally
possible in the current subversion architecture.


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Received on Tue Sep 27 03:37:00 2005

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