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Re: Tortoise SVN Ignore Usability

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-06-22 12:29:18 CEST

On 6/22/06, Lübbe Onken <l.onken@rac.de> wrote:
> I am not sure if Thomas is aware how the two ways of ignoring stuff are
> handled, but I guess he just meant having context menu *and* edit box would
> be nice.

And my point was that adding an extra context menu for the global
patterns would be just cluttering the UI with one more entry in the
menu, and of course completely confuse the users.

> Just to be on the safe side:
> - The TSVN Context menu modifies the svn:ignore property of versioned
> folders (=project / folder specific)

And that's still the preferred way of ignoring stuff. Otherwise, *you*
might have ignored some files, but the others working on the same
project might not. And that's when you get into trouble (i.e. adding
files that should be ignored to version control).

> - The Edit box in the settings dialog modifies the global ignore pattern
> (=computer specific)
> None of the information is visible to the user in the add dialog, which I
> think is the place where it should be visible, because the user might just
> want to change ignore patterns when adding objects.

As I said: adding the ignore context menu to the add dialog is not
much work. I'll do it when I get home.

> My idea was to show an edit box that allows to change the global ignore
> pattern like in the settings dialog. The svn:ignore property should also be
> shown, maybe also in an edit box with an "apply" button next to it.

But users don't know what's the difference. They just want to ignore
stuff, they don't care how it's done. So having two different ways to
ignore stuff in the same dialog will just confuse the users.


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