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[TSVN] Branch dialogs

From: Michael Tiller <mtiller_at_emmeskay.com>
Date: 2005-08-23 15:55:20 CEST

I'm relatively new to Subversion. Overall, I welcome the greater
flexibility and capabilities of Subversion compared to CVS. However, one
thing I miss in CVS is the simplicity of identifying branches. In CVS, a
branch was identified simply as an identifier. In Subversion, there is
greater flexibility in how work with the repository, but this can be
confusing to novices. Having them specifying URLs and requiring them to
understand the branching philosophy for each repository can be a bit
overwhelming for users. Since TortoiseSVN seems to have the goal of making
version control as straightforward as possible (a very admirable goal I
might add for those of us who are trying to convince people to use version
control), I have a suggestion on how to address this.
It seems to me that one way that TortoiseSVN could help address this would
be to allow the repository administrators to encode how branches and tags
were handled. Then this could be used to help simplify the process of
identifying branches.
Imagine the 'trunk' of your repository was
http://hostname/path/to/repo/trunk and your branches and tags were stored at
http://hostname/path/to/repo/branches/branchname and
http://hostname/path/to/repo/tags/tagname respectively. It would be nice if
the admin could associated properties with the repository like this:
struct.trunk '/path/to/repo/trunk'
struct.branch '/path/to/repo/branches/%s'
struct.tag '/path/to/repo/tags/%s'
(Of course, the names are arbitrary. I don't care what the property names
The '%s' could then be replaced by a single identifier. Furthermore,
TortoiseSVN could change the branch (switch, tag) dialogs when these
properties are present on a repository so that the end-user only needs to
provide a single identifier instead of a complete URL and then automatically
constructs the appropriate URL using these properties. Note that I have
included the full path but not the hostname and/or the proto. Even better
would be struct.trunk = '/trunk', struct.branch = '/branches/%s', struct.tag
= '/tags/%s' but I wasn't sure if that was possible.
My apologies if this has been proposed and/or rejected previously. I'm new
to the list.

Received on Tue Aug 23 15:54:41 2005

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