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Re: Visual Studio.Net and Subversion?

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-03-02 17:21:49 CET

Ayres, David wrote:

> that there's a problem with Subversion using a "." before the svn
> directory for Visual Studio.Net users. Is this still a problem, has it
> been resolved? Why can't the creators of this software just NOT use the
> "." before the directory name? What's the point in having the "."
> there? This obviously causes a lot of problems with Visual Studio.Net.

The problem is that Visual Studio.Net has arbitrary problems with directory
names with only an extension; it ultimately comes from M$oft's use of the file
extension to denote file type. The fault is with M$loth, but no one is
expecting them to fix it.

The problem has a few work-arounds, but none were judged worth holding up 1.0.0
for, since it only affects Win32 users and then only those using VS.NET.
Notwithstanding M$oft's marketing efforts, .NET is not the only development
platform.

FYI, a leading '.' on a file/directory name makes it hidden under Unix. Win32
uses a flag in the filesystem to hide files/directories. By having a consistent
naming convention, it is possible to copy a working copy from Unix to Win32 (a
feature I personally find to be of little practical use).

I expect that this particular difficulty will be fixed sooner, rather than
later, probably as part of 1.1.0 (but don't quote me! I'm just a user not a
developer ;~).

HTH

John

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