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Re: Adding log message to file being committed

From: Mike Mason <mgm_at_thoughtworks.net>
Date: 2004-03-03 17:52:13 CET

C. Michael Pilato wrote:

>"Richard J. Moore" <richardm@debtorsoftware.com.au> writes:
>>Hi all
>>When we commit a change to the repository we would like svn to add the
>>log message to the top of the file being checked in. In VSS we had a
>>header in the file that grabbed revision number, user, log message, etc
>>and appended that info to the top of the file. Can you do this with SVN?
>This has been discussed, and filed under "we don' wanna have it",
>based on past experiences with CVS's support for this very thing (in
>the form of the $Log$ keyword).

I happen to agree with you about silly use of keywords, revision
numbers, etc, but this does pose an interesting question: Has the
feature set for Subversion been skewed towards the wishes of its
developers, a fairly clued collection of elite version control users? If
so, is this a bad thing?

There are tons of people asking how to do stuff that I'd consider
"really bad" on this list[1], and lot of these things Subversion just
plain doesn't support, because its developers know they're bad
use-cases. Does that help people in the world do The Right Thing, or
decrease the number of people Subversion will appeal to?


[1] Reformatting source code upon checkin, bizarre management of single
files or magically deleted working directories, dodgy externals
definitions instead of using a real build system for their project,
history or revision numbers visible in files, etc etc.

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