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RE: Bug in helpfile and status display feature request

From: Lübbe Onken <l.onken_at_rac.de>
Date: 2006-09-29 08:25:51 CEST

Hi Jens

You wrote:

> While looking through the TortoiseSVN 1.4.0 helpfiles, I
> discovered that the FAQ sections lists Berlios.de for the
> issue tracker. This link just leads to a 404 not found error and
> needs to be updated.

Thanks for the hint. I fixed that in the source a few days ago, but the docs
on the server do not get updated automatically. The nightly build should be
fine now.

> Another thing is a feature request:
> In many projects there are files which are subject to
> constant changes. Such as the resulting binary of a
> compilation process. Or the IDE project file.
> Usually, you want these files under version control, but not
> for each and every change in the file.

You meant to say "usually you *don't* want these files under version
control", because they are compiler/ide generated files :-)

> Additionally, every change of these files (if versioned) puts
> the whole project into modified state in the status display.
> Just because you opened the IDE and looked at some source files.
> I'd really like to have some special tortoise attribute for
> this kind of files.

That attribute is standard, comes for free and is called "unversioned"

Personally I don't like that idea. In my company we don't version IDE or
compile generated files, because if I change my debugger settings and commit
them, a colleague who updates his WC would end up with my settings, which he
would then set back because he doesn't need them and so on. If you have
different screen layouts (for instance I have two screens, my colleague has
one), you will make windows disappear from his screen when you open an
project in the IDE. If you don't pay attention it's a constant ping-pong of
files that should not be versioned and you can be sure that someone will
overwrite your settings without you noticing it (in an update of 100 files).

I also don't like that idea, because the file still is versioned, so it will
be visible in a commit dialog, subject to updates and so on. IMNSHO either a
file is under version control will *all* consequences or it should be
removed from version control completely. You want it "a little bit" under
version control, which sounds like "a little bit pregnant" to me. It should
be one way or the other. I'm not the one to cast the final vote. If Stefan
falls in love with your request... :-)

- Lübbe

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