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Re: svntest parsing output of `svn proplist --verbose`

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 16:31:57 +0100

On Mon, 2009-07-20 at 23:23 -0400, James Abbatiello wrote:
> Currently svntest parses the output of `svn proplist --verbose` to
> retrieve the list of properties for an item. When the output format
> of this command changed between 1.5 and 1.6, svntest was updated to
> understand the new format (but only the new format). As a result you
> need matched versions of svn and svntest in order for it to function
> correctly. It is not forward or backward compatible.
>
> This is apparently not a problem for development of Subversion but
> cvs2svn pulls in svntest as an external and uses it with whatever
> version of svn that the user currently has installed. Things break
> when the user doesn't have the expected version installed.
>
> It would be nice if svntest would be able to query properties
> successfully even when run with 1.5. Writing a parser that
> understands both text formats seems difficult but there's the '--xml'
> option to output in XML format and it seems made for just this
> situation. Is there something precluding the use of the XML format
> for svntest?

I don't think there is anything precluding the use of "svn proplist
--xml" for svntest's property-checking functions.

- Julian

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