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RE: Bug: TortoiseSVN highjacks the "File Version" column

From: Rob Hubbard <rob.hubbard_at_softel.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 10:23:35 -0000

[please continue to cc me on replies]

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rob Hubbard
> Sent: 26 March 2010 09:21
> To: users
> Cc: 'Stefan Küng'
> Subject: RE: Bug: TortoiseSVN highjacks the "File Version" column
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Stefan Küng [mailto:tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com]
> > Sent: 25 March 2010 21:03
> > To: users
> > Cc: Rob Hubbard
> > Subject: Re: Bug: TortoiseSVN highjacks the "File Version" column
> >
> > On 25.03.2010 19:30, Rob Hubbard wrote:
>
> > > To reproduce the problem, open an ordinary
> > > (non-version controlled) folder in Windows Explorer.
> > > Right-click the column headings, and click "More..."
> > > Check the "File Version" checkbox.
> > > [Optionally move the column to the desired position.]
> > > Click OK
> > >
> > > Now select the "Tools | Folder Options..." menu.
> > > Select the View tab.
> > > Click the "Apply to All Folders" button.
> > > Click OK.
> > >
> > > Now when you navigate between your folders,
> > > the "File Version" column is shown.
> > >
> > > Unfortunately, if you enter a source-controlled folder
> > > (one with a hidden .svn folder),
> > > the column changes to "SVN URL". [This is the bug.]
> > >
> > > If you descend into a non-source-controlled
> > > (non-versioned or ignored) folder,
> > > the "File Version" column is again correct.
>
> > That's not a bug but by design.
> >
> > Stefan
> >
>
> Hello Stefan,
>
> What I really want to see is the file version throughout.
> With some further fiddling, it seems that it is possible to jump
> through hoops to achieve this. Well, almost.
>
> I like the fact that TSVN makes additional columns available,
> but the highjacking behaviour is unexpected, unhelpful and unwelcome.
> Any chance of an option to switch the highjacking off,
> or to make the column associations user-definable?
>
> The behaviour does not seem to be documented,
> although columns are mentioned here:
> <http://tortoisesvn.net/docs/release/TortoiseSVN_en/tsvn-dug-w
> cstatus.html#id587094>
>
> It's a shame to have to criticise, but this particular
> design choice seems to be a poor one.
>
> I like TortoiseSVN, and I appreciate the fact that it is free, and
> more importantly that you commit so much time to it's development.
> Please change this.
>
> Thanks,
> Rob.
>

For reference:
the following seems to be the list of column mappings:

        Company -- SVN Status
    Description -- SVN Revision
   File Version -- SVN URL
   Product Name -- SVN short URL
Product Version -- SVN mime-type
       Keywords -- SVN Local lock owner

I really fail to see how this would be useful to a user,
nor why these particular associations have been chosen.
What is the purpose of this feature?

I don't think that the SVN columns should necessarily disappear
for non-version controlled folders,
because it would be useful to see the revision, for example,
of a working copy folder within an 'ordinary' folder.

Thanks,
Rob.

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