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Re: /notempfile

From: Gavin Lambert <tsvn_at_mirality.co.nz>
Date: 2006-09-25 09:04:04 CEST

Quoth Gavin Lambert:
> 1. the temp file passing mechanism used by the shell extension is
> utterly forbidden from using /path to pass its temporary filenames in.
> Instead, it uses a new parameter called /tempfile wherever it used to
> use /path, thereby freeing up /path for the automation interface.

ie. where it may previously have used:
   /path="path\to\users\temp\folder\blaargl.foo"
it now uses:
   /tempfile="path\to\users\temp\folder\blaargl.foo"

/tempfile is a data parameter rather than a switch. It sounded like you
were originally proposing it as a switch, continuing to use /path for
the actual data, which just seems wrong. (Because then sometimes /path
would be deleted and sometimes it wouldn't be, which seems ugly.)

It does sort of depend on exactly how the shell interface works. The
impression I've gotten from the discussion thus far is that the 'temp
file' contains all the information necessary to carry out the command in
some internally-defined format, so that if the shell is passing
/tempfile=whatever then it doesn't need to pass any other parameters at all.

If that's not the case, and the shell is using exactly the same
automation interface as everyone else, then perhaps a simple switch
makes sense. But that didn't seem very likely since in the automation
interface the /path directly indicates which files to
export/commit/whatever, whereas in the shell case it seems to be a
temporary file, which seem like mutually exclusive uses.

When I suggested '/filelist' or something similar (though probably
'/listfile' makes more sense, come to think of it), I was thinking that
some program which is currently passing things like this:
   TortoiseProc .... /path="file1 file2 file3 file4 ..."
might instead want to create a file containing the paths one per line,
and then do this instead:
   TortoiseProc .... /listfile=list.txt
where Tortoise would read the contents of the given file and then use it
as if it had been passed as a /path parameter. (And without deleting
the named file, unless it was also named in /tempfile. But that's a
separate issue.)

That was essentially a completely separate suggestion from the whole
tempfile changing thing. Sorry for any confusion that may have caused :)

Although if that existed, then potentially the shell interface could be
changed to use that along with the standard /command interface, and
remove the whole confusing separation once and for all. Then /tempfile
would merely be a "delete this when you're done" indicator and not a
"delete this when you're done, and also use it to do this whole separate
command interface".

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