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Tortoise SVN Ignore Usability

From: Kevin Cannon <kevin_at_multiblah.com>
Date: 2006-06-20 18:58:57 CEST

Hi all,

I'd like to suggest that the way Tortoise SVN handles Ignoring files be

At the moment it is quite confusing. Ignoring files manually is fine, but
setting Global Ignores, and svn:ignores is very confusing if you're not
used to using ocmmandline svn.

I'm a web designer, using SVN to work with our devlopers. It's been quite
useful, but overall, I've found Tortoise SVN quite counter intuitive. (And I
have invested a lot of time in figuring out the workflow of source control)

The ignore feature is by far the most confusing. Despite telling things to be
ignored, they still pop up in the commit setion. I'm becoming increasingly
frustrated with the way it works. In any other program, when you say ignore,
a file, it ignores it completely, not in some strange an mysterious way.

I would suggest rethinking this slightly and see if you can make it more
user friendly.

Also, on a more general note. I would suggest having two modes in the UI for
tortoise, a beginner & advanced. At the moment, all I do is, check in, check
out, the odd diff, delete, but very little else. The developers handle all the
advanced stuff like branching etc... It would be great to be able to just
download a version of Tortoise SVN aimed at beginners.

Do you have any metrics on what features are used by people, if so maybe you
could do something like that.

I'm an entusiastic, but slightly frustrated convert.

Kind Regards,

- Kevin

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