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Re: RFC: Untangling the peg revision knot (was: A preliminary study of non-contiguous transformations in the Hilbert space of Alexandrian solutions)

From: Branko ─îibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 01:49:02 +0100

Mark Phippard wrote:
> I am sure I could come up with plenty of valid examples where your
> preferred default is better and I know I can provide more where HEAD
> is better. That has been my point from the first post, there there is
> no single right answer.
Of course there isn't. I never claimed otherwise.

The proposals I'm making come from some years of observing otherwise
quite brilliant programmers breaking their heads against SVN and peg
revisions. They're not necessarily a personal preference. This is not
about my opinion vs. yours, it's about things I've observed vs. the
current status quo.

I want to fix the situation where it appears that, to the best of my
knowledge, the svn client is quite a bit harder to use than necessary.
Maybe you don't see that; I find that surprising given your access to
feedback from CN's customers that the rest of us don't have. I admit I
only have experience with deployments in two medium-sized companies,
apart from what I glean from comments in the FLOSS world.

Nor am I necessarily proposing a huge change across the board. I haven't
done a detailed analysis of all peg-affected commands, it may well turn
out that for most of them the current defaults are fine. But I don't
agree with the position that a universal consistency is more important
than ease of use for day-to-day work. I shan't quote Emerson ...

Subversion is a complex enough system, I don't think it pays to make it
even more inaccessible for a reason that, when all is said and done,
doesn't even save time in explainig why the defaults are the way they are.

-- Brane

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