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[RFC] Distinguish Between Paths/File For Summarized Diff Output

From: Jeremy Whitlock <jcscoobyrs_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-10-15 18:52:37 CEST

Hi All,
    When writing a script I recently ran across a situation that
caused me a good bit of heart ache. When you run "svn diff
--summarize" and you get the output, there is no way to distinguish
between files and directories. Here is an example:

$ svn diff --summarize
http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/branches/ctypes-python-bindings
-r24577:HEAD
.....
A http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/branches/ctypes-python-bindings/test
.....

There is no way to tell in a scripted/automatic fashion whether "test"
is a file or directory. I would like to propose that we make our
commands display visible differences between files and directories.
The way it would work is that all directories would end with a
trailing slash. This makes viewing the output and making a better
analysis more exact and it also gives script writers the ability to
distinguish between files and directories without having to do a
server round trip. The only way to do this now is with some sort of
server round trip and it shouldn't be necessary. What do you think?
If you are interested in seeing this in the core, I can submit a
patch.

Take care,

Jeremy

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