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Re: Custom keywords, issue #890

From: Peter Pentchev <roam_at_ringlet.net>
Date: 2006-10-20 17:05:14 CEST

On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 10:36:05PM +0200, Martin Furter wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Oct 2006, Vlad Skvortsov wrote:
> >I still don't see a need for inherited properties here though. Given that
> >pre-commit hook ensures keywords are properly set up, this boils down to a
> >configuration problem. And why not use something as simple as:
> >
> >[autoprops-set-freebsd]
> >FreeBSD = %r
> >
> >[repository-freebsd]
> ># Any of these URLs match.
> >url = https://svn.freebsd.org/
> >url = svn://svn-freebsd.lan/
> ># ... in conjunction with any of these paths within repository.
> >path = /main
> >path = /another-subtree/project-a
> ># Use this autoprops setting for the match.
> >autoprops = autoprops-set-freebsd
> >
> >The problem here is that pre-commit hook and clients' autoprops settings
> >need to be kept in sync. The proper way to solve this for a long term
> >seems to be to configure that on server side and let clients discover the
> >settings.
> >
> >However, in the meanwhile it is possible to solve the problem at hand
> >without both iprops and "server-side autoprops".
> Why not extend the format of the svn:keywords property?
> F.ex. could a line that starts with a word followed by a '=' define and
> enable a new keyword:
> svn ps svn:keywords "URL Author Date
> FreeBSD=%b %r %d %a" foo.c
> That should be compatible with existing values of that property, and the
> property has to be set anyway.
> The only problem I see here is that each file can have a different format
> of for the keyword, but a pre-commit hook could check that.
> Just thinking out loud...

Oh, you mean something like that, right? :)

As a matter of fact, I've updated this patch for 1.4.0, it's up at

And yes, I know that this is not really a good approach, and that each
client binary wants to be patched (not "needs", since nothing will
break, just the keywords won't be expanded), but still - it does what
I need right now for my personal repository, until a better solution
comes along.


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