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Inconsistent behavior in cat command

From: Noorul Islam K M <noorul_at_collab.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:34:12 +0530

When I was trying to come up with a patch for issue 3713, I observed the

For example I have two files 1.txt and 2.txt in a repository located at

svn cat behaves differently for local paths and URLs. See the
illustration below.

noorul_at_noorul:/tmp/wc/testrepo$ svn cat 1.txt 2.txt

A) Local non-existent target followed by existing target

noorul_at_noorul:/tmp/wc/testrepo$ svn cat 3.txt 1.txt
svn: warning: '/tmp/wc/testrepo/3.txt' is not under version control

B) Non-existent URL followed by existing URL

noorul_at_noorul:/tmp/wc/testrepo$ svn cat ^/3.txt ^/1.txt

svn: File not found: revision 1, path '/3.txt'

In case A, even though the first target was non-existent it performs cat
operation on the second target but in the case of B, svn errors out at
the first failure itself.

I am not sure about behavior of other svn commands which accepts
multiple targets. When I discussed this Julian in IRC, he said a
discussion is needed to come up with standardized behavior across svn
commands. Any thoughts?

Thanks and Regards
Received on 2010-11-11 18:04:54 CET

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