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Re: [PROPOSAL] enforce log messages as series of lines

From: Jim Blandy <jimb_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2006-03-06 07:36:59 CET

-1 on the hook (vote, not veto).
+1 on enforcing full lines in the client.

I disbelieve that people would have been upset had '-m' always
appended a newline from the moment it was implemented. They would
have said, "Oh well, I guess that makes sense" and moved on. Pushing
for a hook is classic user interface decision-avoidance syndrome, like
having the "preferences" dialog in a GUI app offer a dozen options
controlling, say, how menus pop up. It's better just to choose a
reasonable behavior that gets the distractions out of the way, and
remove the knobs.

Subversion must impose conventions on log messages, because those log
messages have multiple consumers: web repository browsers, things like
Trac's 'timeline' page, the command-line client, svn2cl, etc. Users
aren't, in fact, free to choose whatever convention suits them.

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Received on Mon Mar 6 07:37:23 2006

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