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Re: reposurgeon now writes Subversion repositories

From: Daniel Shahaf <danielsh_at_apache.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 07:19:54 +0000

On Sat, Dec 01, 2012 at 01:36:10AM -0500, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> Branko ??ibej <brane_at_wandisco.com>:
> > Why do forges not do that? I don't know, but it's definitely not because
> > Subversion doesn't give them fifteen ways of manipulating the svn:author
> > property.
> I don't know either.
> I do know that protests to me of the general form "if they'd just use
> poorly-documented alchemical formula XYZ everything would be fine" aren't going
> to solve your problem. In no case have I ever seen, etc. The guy in the
> trenches is telling you that your fifteen ways aren't producing any
> result he can distinguish from "svn:author is always a Unix user ID".
> You can throw up your hands and say "the forges aren't doing it right", sure.

The C code --- on both client and server --- _does not know_ what the email
addresses are; either the user or the admin would need to enable that feature
explicitly. That's a social problem, not a technical one.
Received on 2012-12-01 08:20:04 CET

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