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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 12:41:18 -0000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefan Küng [mailto:tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com]
> Sent: 26 March 2010 11:44
> To: Rob Hubbard; users_at_tortoisesvn.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: Bug: TortoiseSVN highjacks the "File Version" column
> On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:23, Rob Hubbard
> <rob.hubbard_at_softel.co.uk> wrote:
> > 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
> >
> If that's what you see on your system, then that's not what TSVN does.
> Something else must interfere and screw up the shell extension.
> The only thing that TSVN does is to provide the revision number for
> the "file version" column, but only if it isn't already filled in by
> other means (windows takes care of that).
> Oh, it also fills in the 'author' column, if the file itself doesn't
> have an author (e.g., MS Word files do have an author set and shown in
> that column, but text files don't).
> > 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.
> http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/hiddenregistry.html
> HKCU\Software\TortoiseSVN\ColumnsEveryWhere
> Stefan

Hello Stefan,

Thanks for all the information, including the link.

The behaviour that you describe as what TSVN should do would
certainly be useful, and makes good sense.

So it looks as though there might be something else on my PC that
isn't "playing nicely".

This bad behaviour is not unique to my PC; I have checked with
colleagues' machines, and see the same bad behaviour.

If I discover anything further (such as discovering a correlation
with another tool that integrates into Windows Explorer),
then I will let you know.

The only snippet of information I have so far is that setting the
ColumnsEveryWhere registry entry, and then applying my folder
layout to all folders hides the problem I described.

Likewise, if any other users out there can provide any clues,
that would be helpful.

The only other minor problem I'd like to mention at this point
is that in a non-versioned folder that itself contains at least one
working copy, the SVN Revision is shown as 0 on non-versioned
files and folders, rather than being blank
(but I think it *should* be 0 in a versioned folder).

Thanks again,

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