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RE: How to keep track of switched folders

From: Matthias Merschdorf <matthias.merschdorf_at_leister.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 00:39:19 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Andrew,

> I saw a screenshot of Accurev a while back that displayed the url for a
> folder in the status bar along the bottom of the explorer window.
>
> If you're like me, with heavily nested folders, the url would have the
> be suitably mangled to show the relevant beginning and end bits with
> '...' in the middle, but I thought it was a nice touch.

Yes, you can eventually find switch folders, and as you say the information can be quite hidden. My issue is all about making the existance of switched folders visible and transparent. Usually I can make do with only few switches, but I would like to see it easily that there switched folders and at best also which folder is switched.

> Incidentally, I don't think the icon overlays would be a good idea, if
> you switched an entire tree it would all show as 'switched', but then
> you switch a sub-folder back to the original location - would that still
> show switched, or not? I think an icon overlay has the potential to get
> more confusing than the current situation.

That is a good point and I have been thinking about that also. First, the switch status is a category independent of the changed/in conflict/added... indication. So there should actually be an independent indicator. Maybe you fine folks can solve that.

As for me, a solution might look like this: The switch is applied to an inidvidual folder or file. So the overlay could show this instance as switched by overriding the conventional overlay. No other levels would show up as switched. In the tree view of my working copy it would then be relatively easy to scan for switch symbols.

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