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Bug? tmp_file message in Client->log_msg callback.

From: Colin Fine <colin.fine_at_pace.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2009 15:53:13 +0100

The documentation for the Perl binding file SVN::Client contains the

     Sets the log_msg callback for the client context to a code
reference that you pass. It always returns the current codereference set.

The subroutine pointed to by this coderef will be called to get the log
message for any operation that will commit a revision to the repo.

It receives 4 parameters. The first parameter is a reference to a scalar
value in which the callback should place the log_msg. If you wish to
cancel the commit you can set this scalar to undef. The 2nd value is a
path to a temporary file which might be holding that log message, or
undef if no such field exists (though, if log_msg is undef, this value
is undefined).
I took this to mean that you could provide the log message as either
text, or a filename containing the text. (It wasn't clear to me whether
it would accept both, and what it would do with the data if both were

However, I found that providing an empty string for the first argument,
and a filename for the second consistently failed to record any log
message with the commit.

Looking for more information, I had a look at the source commit.c
(on the trunk, rather than on the 1.5.4 that we're using, I must admit).

As far as I can see, the second argument to svn_client__get_log_msg,
tmp_file, is completely ignored in svn_client_commit4. (It is used a bit
in svn_client_import3, but as far as I can tell, for a completely
different purpose).

It seems to me that this is two bugs: a missing feature in the code, and
a huge this-is-lying-to-me bug in the documentation. I couldn't see
anything in the issues list relating to it.

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