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

From: Ph. Marek <philipp.marek_at_bmlv.gv.at>
Date: 2007-07-06 06:57:19 CEST

On Donnerstag, 5. Juli 2007, Folker Schamel wrote:
> I think a shortcut for the repository root including "/" (e.g. "$")
> would be absolutely sufficient:
>
> Then use "svn cp . $tags/A", or "svn diff $tags/1.1 $tags/1.2" or whatever.
Ok.

> No need for svn:layout property.
Hmmm... take it a step further, and make a "svn:shortcut" which might list "$"
as "/"? Then set "T" as "$/tags", and you can use T/1.4.0 ...

> C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> > 1. all that flexibility makes it harder for Subversion and other
> > third-party tools to recognize and treat a directory copy as a branch.
> > Common questions like, "What tags exist?" can't be answered unless the
> > answering system first understands the policy used to denote tags in a
> > given repository ("stuff immediately under /tags"; "stuff immediately
> > under an immediate subdirectory of /tags"; ...)

On Donnerstag, 5. Juli 2007, David Glasser wrote:
> ... and as an extension of this, it leads directly to the whole "no
> project-wide configuration" can of worms.
Then make a "project-wide" configuration! Simply require that the top level
directory checked out *must* include a "svn:layout" or whatever.

I believe that the additional complexity by giving a new *dimension* -- both
in code, and *in explanations* (where Branko already said that it's difficult
to grasp for users!) is not worth the "magic", esp. if you can get it in
easier terms.
(Whether we'd *really* get all the needed functionality, I don't know. I
didn't see a chart "What we have/What is needed" listing what is missing now,
so I can only interpolate).

> When opening the TortoiseSVN repo-browser,
> you see trunk, tags, and branches.
> When clicking the tags folder, you see all top-level tags.
>
> And if you really want to optimize away this single mouse click,
> then you could implement a new menu item "Open tags/ in repository
> browser".
>
> BTW, TortoiseSVN handles /tags in a special way at some places.
> For example, when trying to commit to /tags/, you get a warning.
>
> Personally I like the tag/branch concept of svn very much,
> I think it is much simpler and more intuitive than the CVS mechanism.
+1

Regards,

Phil

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