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Re: CVS $Log$ equivalent in Subversion?

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-03-09 16:53:09 CET

Bob Bradley <bob@chaoticsoftware.com> writes:

> I hope so and it would be great to move to Subversion as it has a
> ton of great features I'd like to use, but unfortunately, without
> certain features we rely heavily on, it's just not feasible to
> switch yet. I don't really understand the objection to $Log$
> support. It's an optional keyword that nobody has to use unless they
> want to. If managed properly, it doesn't have to cause any
> problems.

Fair enough.

> I think the keywords that are already supported by Subversion
> (e.g. $Id$ which almost guarantees a conflict by most diff tools)
> are much more problematic than $Log (at least for me).

Keywords are expanded client-side in Subversion, unlike CVS. So the
$Id$ keyword won't conflict at all using diffs from Subversion.

> It seems to me that people have chosen to manage sources in a way
> that conflicts with using $Log$ and because of this, it has been
> decreed that $Log$ is evil and should be banned. Others, like
> myself, manage sources in ways that work well with $Log$ (and
> conversely don't work well with other keywords like $Id$). I think
> both ways are equally valid and the individual developer should be
> given the choice rather than have a particular style chosen for
> them.

IIRC, $Log$ has been decreed evil because of the recursion problem
that occurs when you actually use the character sequence "$Log$" in a
log message, as in "I added the $Log$ keyword to the top of this

Also (and this just occured to me), I suspect Subversion would have
problems with any use of a '$' in a log message. Expansion of "$Log
$" would yield something like "$Log: this is my log with a $ (dollar
sign) $", and subsequent unexpansion would reduce this to "$Log $
(dollar sign) $". In fact, I betcha that if I author with a dollar
sign in his name, that would royally mess up our $Author $ keyword

/me goes to check.

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