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RE: Tortoise SVN Ignore Usability

From: Lübbe Onken <l.onken_at_rac.de>
Date: 2006-06-21 09:08:31 CEST

Kevin Cannon wrote:

> I'd like to suggest that the way Tortoise SVN handles
> Ignoring files be
> rethought.
> 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 would suggest rethinking this slightly and see if you can make it
> more user friendly.

There are some behaviours we cannot change, because they are handled by the
underlying subversion libraries. Anyhow, you are telling us that everything
in ignore is confusing to you, counter intuitive and so on.

Lets turn the question around:
- What are you doing?
- What did you expect to happen?
- What is actually happening?
- Did you invest some time reading the docs on ingoring stuff or did you
just try-and-error?

Maybe it's the documentation that needs improvement.

> 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.

There will be no separate version for beginners, but you can get to
something similar yourself.

Go to Settings->Display and uncheck the menu options that you use most. This
will place them in the top context menu, so you will see them first.

- Lübbe

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