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Re: Subversion 1.10 RC1?

From: Daniel Shahaf <d.s_at_daniel.shahaf.name>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:17:12 +0000

Julian Foad wrote on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 17:17:34 +0100:
> Re. shelving...
> Branko Čibej wrote:
> > Unless you're absolutely certain that the format and semantics of the
> > CLI commands won't change, I do suggest adding an "experimental" warning
> > to the help text.
> Done. Thanks.

I don't think saying "This command is not forwards compatible" in the help text
will prevent users from relying on it being forwards compatible; which, in
turn, will discourage us, come 1.11, to make incompatible changes to this

Perhaps we should rename the command to, say, "xshelve" — like the "X-" prefix
of experimental email headers, but without a minus for ease of typing? Then we
could have a convention, "any command whose name starts with 'x' is not
guaranteed to be forwards compatible", and we'd be able to make incompatible
changes (to "xshelve") without worrying about users asking for compatibility
despite the documentation. In 1.11, if we wanted to make "shelve" stable, we
could even continue to accept "xshelve" as an alias, if the semantics of
xshelve_at_1.10 and shelve_at_1.11 are compatible.
Received on 2017-11-23 16:17:25 CET

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