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Re: Roadmap for 1.1

From: C.A.T.Magic <c.a.t.magic_at_gmx.at>
Date: 2004-04-05 01:53:44 CEST

Barry Scott wrote:
> Use of "cp" and the tags directory is an attempt to provide in svn a
> feature
> like labelling in other SCM tools. I don't think its good enough and
> others in
> this discussion don't think its good enough. You are right that I cannot
> solve
> the lack of a label feature in my gui if its not in svn in the first place.
> Barry


I am currently using (experimenting with) an approach to this by
not using "svn cp /trunk/foo /tags/TAG_XY/foo" but instead i use
an extension (actually ruby script) where i specify
   svn.rb cp --tag /trunk/foo --tagname TAG_XY -m "logmessage"
which automatically selects /tags/TAG_XY/foo as its target
and additionally appends an entry to a global "Tags"
file located in the repository/tags/ root.
i.e. my personal extensions "--tag" and "--branch"
add an entry like
    T --rev 2234 --src "/trunk/foo" --dst "/tags/TAG_XY/foo"
      --description "logmessage"
to the file %repos%/tags/Tags
and additionally put that as a property to "/tags/TAG_XY/foo"
which allows to 'search' inside the tags folder for this
special property.

this solves at least a few of my requirements.
but it has many disadvantages,
   - breaks if someone renames a folder inside /tags
     breaks if someone uses native svn access to
     change anything inside /tags or /branches
   - always copies the whole source folder content,
     does not allow tagging of single files
   - searching gets slower with each added tag.
   - searching for/through properties is slow.
   - increments the revision number multiple times
      (to cp, change the property and to modify the Tags file)
      i.e. its not atomic any more.
   - a.s.o.

I'd be happy if all this could be built into subversion
itself, would be atomic, safe, portable to others, ...


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