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feature request: svn revision alias

From: OS <os_at_portfoolio.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 12:18:38 -0800

(Posted to 'users' first, but perhaps it's 'dev'?...)

Hi all,

Like probably a great many users out there, I'm very happy with svn --
thanks for a great product!

But the tag-via-copy mechanism continues to confuse my users, in
particular new ones.
They keep pointing out how different this is from other systems (they do
love the branch-via-copy though).

A particularly stubborn fellow has actually forced us to implement a
different mechanism for his project
where we keep a separate file that links svn revisions to symbolic
names. (Fortunately, he was happy
with just that)

And that made me think whether it would be difficult to implement that
in svn natively.

The svn revision is pretty much equivalent to what a tag is in other
But it's a numeric value, hard to remember, etc -- and people wish to
give tags descriptive names.

Wouldn't this be useful:
svn alias <rev> <name> (or svn revalias <rev> <name>)

Then one would be able to use <rev> and <name> interchangeably in other
svn operations.
Call it the poor man's svn tag! :)

I don't know... But it appears simple enough to implement (please excuse
my ignorance), and I think
many people out there would love this feature. (At least judging by my
pesky users!)


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