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Bug or User Interface Fault? Temporary file names used in "Compare Revisions"

From: Alf Lacis <Alf.Lacis_at_aiscientific.com>
Date: 2005-10-27 04:45:05 CEST

Dear TortoiseSVN Engineers,

This is not a software "bug", but it *is* a fault in the design of the

It's impossible to tell from the temporary file names used in "Compare
Revisions" which is the newer file, or even which revisions they actually

If you have several 'diffs' opened on the screen, it's really easy to lose
track, not only of the revisions, but even which files they refer to!

From Repository Browser:

Repository Browser | R.H.C. | Show Log | <'Select' two Revisions> | R.H.C.
| Compare Revisions

You get two files to compare (I left out the directory paths):

At least the file names should reflect what versions you are looking at.

By looking at the numbers above, which is newer?

(email me if you think you know the answer!)

The files' names should contain the revision, as well as the original file
name: something like:

They are already in a 'temporary' directory ("C:\temp\" in my case), so
you don't really need the ".tmp" part of the filename. And what on earth
is the ".i" for?
Alf Lacis
Software and Design Engineer
A.i. Scientific Pty Ltd
10-22 Hornibrook Esplanade
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generates a new antithesis, and the process continues until truth is more
closely approached.
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The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: "What's up with
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to catch the barman's eye."
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-- ibid

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