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Re: [Issue 4225] Add --include-externals option to 'svn list'

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:46:22 -0400

On 10/24/2012 09:25 AM, vijay wrote:
> On Wednesday 24 October 2012 02:33 AM, Ben Reser wrote:
>> Does it make more sense to make --include-externals behave something
>> more like --depth rather than a simple boolean?
>> E.G. it'd behave like so:
>> No option: current behavior externals are not processed.
>> --include-externals or --include-externals=infinity : Fully recursive.
>> --include-externals=immediate : Only externals defined in the repo for
>> the target.

Externals are today always generated with full recursion, because a) the
responsibility for deciding at what depth an external working copy is
interesting lies with the author of that externals definition, and b) today,
we don't allow authors to make such a declaration (all externals are
depth-infinity). The shortcomings of our externals definition format
doesn't, however, change the assignment of responsibility here! So, no, I
think --include-externals=DEPTH takes us down the wrong path.

In fact, IIRC, our existing commands (svn export) will only process
externals at all when run with full recursion anyway, so perhaps the
consistent thing to do is to only honor --include-externals (as a boolean)
when --depth=infinity for 'svn ls', too.

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
CollabNet   <>   www.collab.net   <>   Enterprise Cloud Development

Received on 2012-10-24 15:46:59 CEST

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