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Re: svn blame and code reformatting

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2006-01-30 19:35:54 CET

Sander Striker wrote:
> Even in this project, where people are very strict about that;
> consider the example of adding an if {} block which requires
> reindenting. So I would be -1 on adding a hack like
> svn:blame-transparent as a general feature.

Karl seems to be suggesting an ephemeral property (one that applied to
that revision only), so it could be used to say "this *specific* rev
shouldn't be used for blame purposes." If you had a mixed commit (code
and whitespace) then you simply wouldn't set the property for that
revision. The complication is that svn:blame-transparent would have to
set up to be multivalued, since there might be an instance where more
than one revision might need to be ignored.

Unfortunately, I think the most appropriate fix is to implement diff's
--ignore-whitespace feature (which would be useful in general for other
reasons) then allow blame to respect that when generating the blame


John Peacock
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