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Re: Tags and branches are NOT the same

From: Simon Large <simon_at_skirridsystems.co.uk>
Date: 2006-03-20 23:10:29 CET

Jim Blandy wrote:
> what are you trying to do with Subversion at the moment that
> Subversion's tags handle poorly, but that symbolic names for
> revisions would do well?

The one small gripe I have about tags is that you can look back from the
tag to see where it was copied from, but you cannot look forward from an
item to see at which point a copy was taken.

In practical terms, this means that if you get log information for a
file, there is no way to see how project release tags interleave with
the the changes made to that file. The best I can do is log the tags
folder, write down the revision numbers, then go back to the file log
and mark up where the tags were made by hand.

That is not a complete solution either, because if I created the tag
from a mixed revision WC, or from a non-HEAD repository revision, the
tag revision bears no relation to the revisions of the items being tagged.

I'm not saying there is an easy solution to this (and when a tag is
created from a modified WC, I am not sure there is a workable solution),
but the ability to interleave 'copied-to' information with log
information would IMHO be a valuable addition to the feature set.

Simon

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