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Re: Subversion, decentralized version control, and the future.

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2007-07-04 14:37:57 CEST

Ph. Marek wrote:
> On Mittwoch, 4. Juli 2007, Branko Čibej wrote:
> ...
>
>>> I think that part of the reason why this feature might be important in
>>> Subversion is that Subversion insists on *not* having a built-in
>>> concept of "project", "branch" or "tag", or IOW to expose its
>>> versioned-filesystem guts up to the command line client.
>>>
>> Now that is one thing I'd like to get rid of. It turns out that in real
>> life, in large projects, conflating the concepts of branches and
>> directories is a PITA. Of course the /implementation/ of branches and
>> directories is similar, but the semantics (and therefore user interface)
>> is different.
>>
> To this I'd like to mention that the *technical* aspect of "just a directory
> structure" is one of the most valuable design choices in subversion (IMHO, at
> least).
>

Why? I'm really interested: What, exactly, do you (we) gain by that?
Compared to all the real pain it's causing.

> Please don't change that.
>

Obviously you can always map two namespaces into one by adding a level
of indirection.

-- Brane

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