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RE: [TSVN] Re: Possible bug in external diff option

From: Hughes, Bill <Bill.Hughes_at_cox.co.uk>
Date: 2005-01-28 11:00:04 CET

Luca Berti wrote:
>> Would there be a problem adding a check that both '%mine%' and
>> '%base' are on the command line, and giving an error message if they
>> aren't?
> Hi everybody,
> I'm quite out of the debate (and surely out of TSVN coding). So I'm
> sorry if I'm going to say something stupid. Moreover, I don't remember
> either the discussion about this change.
> Anyway, my personal exeperience has convinced me that usability
> guidelines as Nielsen's "Even better than good error messages is a
> careful design which prevents a problem from occurring in the first
> place" are quite valuable. (Please note: I'm not implying
> here that you
> guys weren't enough careful on design issues). So, wouldn't
> be possible
> to make TSVN react to the absence of '%mine' and/or '%base'
> adding them
> in some "standard" way?
IIRC the reason the new variables were added was that there isn't a standard
way - some external tools expect them in a different order from the others,
or the exact command line syntax is odd.
Perhaps it would be an idea to automagically pass the variables if there are
no command line parameters, but do what the parms say if it's present? I.E.
have a default but allow the user to over ride it for odd tools?
Or have I got it all wrong?

Bill

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