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Re: Repository Browser "on open" behavior/auto-update

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2008 11:56:09 +0100

2008/6/4 Laker Netman <laker_netman_at_yahoo.com>:
>> From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
>> To: users_at_tortoisesvn.tigris.org
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 3:44:54 PM
>> Subject: Re: Repository Browser "on open" behavior/auto-update
>> 2008/6/4 Laker Netman :
>> > Hi all.
>> >
>> > After searching through the docs, mailing list archive and "issue tracker", I
>> hope I didn't overlook something obvious :)
>> >
>> > Selecting "Repo-browser" from the context menu always opens the dialog at the
>> repository directory level equivalent to the working copy where it was invoked.
>> I think it would be handy to have the option (under settings and/or at the
>> bottom of the repo-browser dialog) to have the browser always open at the
>> repository root.
>> Why would you want to do that? Going to the root is a single mouse
>> click. Trying to get back from the root to the WC root is multiple
>> mouse clicks. And more importantly you may not even have access rights
>> to the repo root.
> Well, it's what I end up doing the vast majority of the time. And (the way explorer is configured on my system at least) it's two double-clicks to reach the root... which I have to do over-and-over.

That's why I suggested looking at 1.5.0-RC2 where the repo-browser has
been re-designed.

> Not sure what you mean by "Trying to get back from the root to the WC root is multiple mouse clicks.", but I don't think it's applicable to my question.
> If someone didn't have access rights (which would never be the case in my particular situation) then they'd get an error message and could disable the option or seek a solution from their repo admin. I'm looking for an *option*, not changing the world for everyone. Computers and software are designed to eliminate repetitive tasks; for me this is a repetitive task.

In that case why not set up a shortcut to open the repo browser at the
repo root. The command line interface to TortoiseProc is documented in
the help file.

>> > In conjunction with that, the browser could auto-refresh (vs. manual
>> F5/Ctrl-F5). Auto-refreshing being an independent selection.
>> >
>> Again, why? That would hammer the repository server and slow down your browsing.
> In my situation this is a non-issue. The server housing the repositories is fast, there are only a couple people using it, and I'm on a 10gig backbone w/gigabit ethernet to my system, so I'd prefer to hammer my repo server. That's why I suggested an *option* to do it a different way.

The trouble is that people will see an option which sounds nice (hmm,
auto-refresh. I like things happening automatically) and use it
without thinking how it affects everyone else. It might work great for
you, but imagine 1000 Tortoise clients hammering a public repository.
The system admin has no way to control that behaviour apart from
barring nuisance users.

>> > Also, if it could be selectable as to whether or not the repository folder is
>> "open" or "closed" when the dialog opens that'd be great, too.
>> >
>> > Perhaps a simpler to implement version would be another context menu item
>> (that could be managed under "Look and Feel") like "Repo-browser (root)", that
>> provides that specific action, while preserving the existing, default menu item
>> (and functionality).
>> >
>> > If any of this is already possible, I'd greatly appreciate a pointer as to
>> what settings to change :)
>> Lots of options, little gain. But have a look at the 2-pane repo
>> browser in 1.5.0-RC2
> Yes, lots of options. "Gain" is subjective. I wasn't looking to be judged. I was just curious if the functionality existed already. I'll check out the source.

Contributions are always welcome, but we do try to avoid having too
many options. More often than not they benefit a very small number of
people and just clutter the UI for everyone else. This is not a
judgment on you, just looking at it from the perspective of the other
hundreds of thousands of users and how it will impact them.


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