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Re: [RFC] Show version number as "1.7.0-dev" not "1.7.0 (dev build)"

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:41:35 -0400

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 05:38, Julian Foad <julian.foad_at_wandisco.com> wrote:
> A user wrote to dev@ today:
>> I have now taken the plunge and moved to using version 1.7 tsvn for my
>> development.
>>
>> After updating one of my working copies from 1.6 using TortoiseSVN
>> from 2011/03/20 subversion 1.7.0 r1082999 [...]
>
> I don't know the whole chain of communication or miscommunication that
> led to this user saying he's using "1.7" and "1.7.0", but I do suspect
> that where we report the version:
>
>  $ svn --version
>  svn, version 1.7.0 (dev build)
>  [...]
>
> people could easily interpret "(dev build)" as "and, by the way, this
> copy is built with debugging symbols and/or other stuff that's useful
> for developers".
>
> I think it would make sense to change the output of "svn --version" to
> display exactly the same "compact" version string that "--version
> --quiet" gives, as well as a slightly more user-facing explanatory note:
>
>  $ svn --version
>  svn, version 1.7.0-dev (under development)
>  [...]
>
> The version string is then clearly "1.7.0-dev" rather than "1.7.0".  I
> think that's an obvious change that could only reduce the potential for
> confusion from our side.

+1

Thanks Julian,
-g
Received on 2011-03-21 15:43:39 CET

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