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Re: Re: [Patch]: [Issue 2367] get rid of "... | N lines" slot in log message header

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 11:45:16 +0200

On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 11:16, <webpost_at_tigris.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> Karl:
>> Thanks for the patch -- but you may have missed the big thing about
>> this issue: that the change can't be made before 2.0, because of
>> interface promises.  (Anyway, we'd have to discuss it a lot to change
>> it before then.)  That's why the issue is set so far in the future.
> Is there an estimated date for 2.0? Even if the "line" string is bearable noise for the user, "svn log" still lacks a short summary of the size of a commit in the style of cvs log "line" field.

We have no thoughts on 2.0 at all. That would break compatibility with
a huge ecosystem of tools built upon Subversion. Nobody wants to rock
the boat that hard, and I don't think it would really be all that
great for end-users losing much of their toolset that way.

> Couldn't we provide this kind of information by just an extra option to svn log so that compatibility is preserved?

We could, yes. The problem is that we store changes differently from
CVS. There is no simple "it changed N lines and added N lines" for a
given change (because we do binary deltas -- character by character;
we'd have to reconstruct files to detect line-based changes). CVS does
this file by file, but we'd want to summarize the whole revision, so
we'd have to total these deltas across all files touched by the

Doable, yes. But some non-trivial work to reproduce.


Received on 2009-05-06 11:46:21 CEST

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