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Re: [TSVN] Proposal for external tools

From: Simon Large <simon_at_skirridsystems.co.uk>
Date: 2005-07-11 13:26:07 CEST

SteveKing wrote:
> Simon Large wrote:
>
>> We ship TSVN with whatever contributed scripts we have, and an INI
>> file which describes them. Format might be something like:
>
> Whenever I hear 'ini file' a big red light goes on in my mind which says
> STOP! But maybe that's just me.

I find them quite useful as a standard way of holding this sort of
information. Why don't you like them?

>> [WinMerge]
>> Descr = Perforce WinMerge
>> Merge = P4WinMrg.exe %base %theirs %mine %merged
>
> Problem here: the path to the exe is not known, and can't be known
> without crawling the whole harddrive.

Searching the PATH variable would be a start, and if it's not there you
have to ask the user to find it.

>> The idea is that we add a new 'install...' button which brings up a
>> dialog listing the contributed diff/merge scripts, as shown in this
>> ini file. The dialog shows the file extension, the type of document
>> that it refers to and any other comments. Select one line from the
>> list, click [Install], and the command line gets filled in for you. It
>> might be nice to check the path to the tool.
>
> Wow. That would be a huge amount of work! And for something most people
> don't even use?

Maybe not worth it then :-(

>> Another advantage is that we are not hard coding any of this into
>> TortoiseProc, and it is easy to expand with new scripts.
>
> We don't have anything hardcoded right now either. TSVN scans the
> diff-utils folder after an upgrade for scripts and sets them to use if
> no other tool is already set.

You are relying on Windows file association to get wscript.exe to
execute the .vbs script. 9 out of 10 Tortoise owners who expressed a
preference thought that might not be a good idea ;-)

And if the user doesn't want that script for some reason, and deletes
it, won't TSVN put it straight back in on the next upgrade?

Simon

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