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Re: Version inconsistency?

From: Ivan Zhakov <ivan_at_visualsvn.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 23:20:02 +0400

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 10:30 PM, Branko Cibej <brane_at_xbc.nu> wrote:
> Greg Stein wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 03:38, Branko Cibej <brane_at_xbc.nu> wrote:
>>> Paul Querna wrote on dev_at_apr:
>>>> fixed, it was due to a problem with svn:externals values changing.
>>>> looking at a long term solution.... but not sure if there is a good
>>>> one.
>>> I should be collecting such testimonials. I opposed svn:externals in
>>> their current form from day 1, on the grounds that such an 'orrible hack
>>> would cause no end of trouble. Vindication FTW ...
>>> (This was a "change an svn:externals URL on one client and svn:up on
>>> another, bingo, the change isn't reflected in the working copy contents")
>>> /me breathlessly waits for the standard "just another bug to fix" response
>>> </rant>
>> It was a replacement for CVS's "modules" concept. You never suggested
>> an alternative, that I recall...
> I'd have to dig into old archives, but I'm sure I suggested we make
> aliases a server-side feature, i.e., that the client should not know how
> the server internally remaps the paths; sort of like a server-side
> symlink. ISTR the counter-argument was that doing this server-side would
> be a big job that would delay 1.0, and that we couldn't easily support
> externals referring to other repositories that way (no matter that CVS
> can't either, so the feature parity argument is on shaky ground).
> With one thing leading to another, I never got around to implementing my
> idea, and avoid using externals for my own purposes as far as possible.
> I still feel the old rant rising up, though, every time I see some
> problem reported with regard to externals.
> Anyway, yeah, I do rant and bitch about this on a moderately regular
> basis. I should just learn to stop, since no-one appears to agree with
> me (except for the people who report the problems in the first place).
Just for record: I totally agree with you that svn:internals as server
side feature will be the great improvement.

Ivan Zhakov
VisualSVN Team
Received on 2009-10-14 21:20:24 CEST

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