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Re: --dry-run

From: Glenn Maynard <g_sub_at_zewt.org>
Date: 2004-04-13 22:38:28 CEST

On Tue, Apr 13, 2004 at 02:40:12PM -0500, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> I guess it *could*, but you're the first person in 4 years to ever
> notice or care (or at least mention it). Maybe you could persuade the
> dev@ list that this is a pressing UI issue...?

I did, but didn't mention it, having had bigger issues at the time.

> There's a limit here, too. SVN is supposed to be *similar* to CVS, but
> not an exact clone. The model is the same, the subcommands are mostly
> the same, but we deliberately changed things that we thought were broken
> (like separating 'status' and 'update' functionality, for example, or
> removing the distinction between global and per-subcommand switches).

Yeah; having "cvs -n upd" and "cvs upd -n" not be equivalent was painful UI
brain damage.

For me, it's more an issue of reforming habits--mental retraining, not skills
retraining. I type "cvs upd -n" all the time, so I tended to try to type
"svn upd -n", too. I hit a similar problem with commits: I was used to typing
"cvs com", and svn doesn't accept that; I had to switch to "cvs/svn ci".

(Most of this went away after a week or so of use. Since I use svn side by
side with cvs, it'll never go away completely, but that's little different
than the occasional "ls" typed into a DOS box ...)

Glenn Maynard
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