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Re: svn diff branch woprking copy against mainline?

From: Daniel Berlin <dberlin_at_dberlin.org>
Date: 2005-11-03 21:01:55 CET

[(I've copied this to dev@subversion, because there were questions about
what users actually wanted)]

On Thu, 2005-11-03 at 11:23 -0800, Mike Stump wrote:
> On Nov 2, 2005, at 7:45 PM, Branko Čibej wrote:
> > However, before coming up with a zillion suggestions about how to
> > make the syntax nicer, please do consider the idea that we did put
> > a lot of thought into the diff syntax, and that covering all the
> > uses and edge cases and is not easy.
>
> Any system that requires me to specify the same things over and over
> again, is broken. cvs _never_ did.
>
> cvs diff -rtag1 file.c
> cvs update -jtag-1 -jtag-2 file1.c file2.c
> cvs update -rnew-branch .
>
> the list goes on and on. You sacrificed usability for the masses for
> an edge case that we don't care about. The good news, is the
> interface is trivial to fix. Find a solution, and just fix it. I
> want a user interface that uses no more words than the above, for the
> above operations, and no more funny characters than the above
> either. I don't mind if instead of -rtag1, I have to use -rtags/
> tags1 and -rbranches/apple/trunk, that sort of expansion is fine.
>
> In cvs land, I typed -d:whatever, about once a year, I want to type
> svn: about once a year as well. If someone wants to do something
> funny, let them type a long command line, that's ok.
>
> Until then, this _is_ a regression.

No argument here from me.

> Oh, and how does one do:
>
> -rb1 -D '20 days ago'
>
> in svn? It felt like svn threw away all the fine GNU data handling
> stuff. Instead of throwing it away, reuse it. cvs has it, GNU date
> has it.
>
This, on the other hand was a very specific decision made to get rid of
the date parsing CVS did (it was used at one point) because it returns
*wrong* answers in a surprising number of cases.

If you've got a specific date syntax you'd like, and a good reason it
should be added, I doubt anybody would oppose adding it to svn.

--Dan

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