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Re: follow symlinks

From: Dirk <noisyb_at_pwnoogle.com>
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:03:10 +0100

On 11/06/13 22:58, Mark Phippard wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM, Dirk <noisyb_at_pwnoogle.com> wrote:
>> after going "full retard" in IRC (it was good for me) I have calmed down
>> enough to give constructive criticism in regards of subversion and how it
>> handles symbolic links on Unix (and compat.) platforms.
>> I wan't to start with a question. I am confident there is no answer to it.
>> At least not from people who share code between projects.
>> * Why does subversion store symbolic links instead of following them? *
> Here is the original thread when the feature was added, I would assume this
> was discussed but I suppose it might have happened prior to the patch being
> submitted (did not read the entire thread):
> http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2004-06/0986.shtml

That thread is terrible. The last sentence of this:
http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2004-06/1014.shtml is the last rational
thing to be read.

Then the thread takes off in a overengineering-fueled rant between
people how to implement this and how further "awesome" increases in
complexity are necessary to do so.

And somehow it was committed at some later point and /nobody/ cares to
write how happy he/she is with that change.

It is like only casual programmers were part of that decision making.
People who have maybe one project and do not recognize how pointless it
is to store special files like symbolic links instead of following them
to the actual file.

Received on 2013-11-07 00:03:46 CET

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