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Feature request: tag ignored files as "hidden" (optionally)

From: Joachim Lous <joachim_at_xvision.no>
Date: 2006-09-25 09:37:26 CEST

I would like to suggest an option for auto-aplying the windows "hidden"
attribute to all ignored files.
I understand (well, at least respect), the reluctance to add another
overlay, as per the FAQ. Yet I also sorely miss some way of seeing at
a glance the difference between ignored and unverisoned files. To me
the former has beed "processed", while the latter remains a
"TODO"-item until it has been either added, ignored, or removed.
I therefore propose an alternative apporach, which does not use any
extra overlay slots, but rather windows' built-in hidden-attribute,
which for most of us just means the the icons in question will be
"dimmed".
Even if slots were not an issue, I think this approach is actually a
better solution than the overlay for "unversioned" that many have
suggested; It communicates more intuitively, and exploits the windows
shell better:

 * When visible, hidden files appear dimmed, which corresponds well to
   the function of ignore-lists
 * No extra overlay slot is used
 * You can use the standard windows method to choose whether or not
   to see these hidden files (switching between them may be desirable)
 * Unversioned, unignored files will be the _only_ ones in a versioned foled
   with a regular windows look, which reflects their status as "raw"
   in the eyes of SVN, and should probabaly be added, deleted or ignored.

I realise of course that this would be problematic for some:

 * ignored files would then look indistinguishable from regular hidden
files.
 * Some developers might want to have regular hidden files invisible,
   yet see the ignored ones.
 * Some projects might use the hidden-attribute actively, and don't want
   any interference from SVN.

Any such functionality should therefore be optional, and off by default.

Hope someone will consider this.
BTW, I am not subscribed, should anyone want to reach me for whatever
reason.

Regards,
Joachim Lous

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