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Re: We should bump WC format version number for 1.5.

From: Jack Repenning <jrepenning_at_collab.net>
Date: 2007-10-04 20:09:33 CEST

On Oct 4, 2007, at 11:02 AM, Mark Phippard wrote:

> If it comes down to not being able to [heal 1.4 damage on the fly],
> what do you prefer? An
> absolute bump or just one when --depth is used?

I would absolutely prefer an absolute bump.

The problem I see with saying "depth is a 1.5 feature and using it
commits you to 1.5" is that it requires the user to remember every
command s/he's ever typed, cross-mapped to every working copy s/he
may have. The problem I see with the situation in general is that
these corrupted working copies misbehave in ways you might not
necessarily notice for a while (depending on which subtrees got
overpopulated), so by the time you notice the misbehavior you may
long have forgotten that one foolish experiment with "--depth".

> I could easily see GUI clients adding a 1.4-compatibility preference
> that triggered us to just hide the depth option from the dialogs and
> always use infinite/unknown.
> I actually do not think it would be that difficult to explain that
> depth is a 1.5 feature and using it commits you to using 1.5 clients.
> I hate the idea of an absolute format bump.

Me too. But I hate even more the idea of a lurking, piecemeal, hit
you when you least expect it, dependent on really hard-to-explain
abstract features, leaves no evidence, sometimes-the-magic-works
format bump.

Jack Repenning
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