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Re: Branch root identification -- a (really) simple proposal

From: Mark Mielke <mark_at_mark.mielke.cc>
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2009 13:14:31 -0400


Oops... was I yelling? :-)


On 09/09/2009 01:09 PM, Stefan Sperling wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 09, 2009 at 11:46:56AM -0400, C. Michael Pilato wrote:
>> I was thinking today about how Subversion offers all this flexibility in
>> terms of branch creation ("it's just a copy of a directory!") but sometimes
>> at the cost of some benefits you might otherwise get from a first-class
>> branch object.
>> Could a really, really simple solution help here? What if Subversion
>> recognized a directory property (say, "svn:branch-root") as an indicator
>> that that directory is the root of a branch (where by "branch", I mean "line
>> of development", which includes trunk and tags)? Benefits could include:
>> * the fact that the property would naturally get set on copies of that
>> directory, ensuring that branches of the directory are annotated as
>> such.
>> * helping the client discourage commits of subsets of a branch.
>> * helping the client warn users about merging at anything less than
>> the branch level.
>> * helping tools like ViewVC and Trac identify branches, and add UI
>> goodness accordingly.
> * creates mergeinfo on copies only if the copy crosses an svn:branch
> property (requiring users to set the property on existing repositories
> when upgrading to make use of this feature, else, you get no mergeinfo
> on copies at all).
>> It sounds too simple to be truly useful. What do others think?
> +1
> I've proposed this before some time ago, for both branches and tags:
> http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2009-02/0729.shtml
> And again, just yesterday:
> http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2009-09/0292.shtml
> Stefan
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Mark Mielke<mark_at_mielke.cc>
Received on 2009-09-09 19:14:33 CEST

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