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Re: I miss tags

From: Justin Randall <logic_at_jrlogic.dyndns.org>
Date: 2004-09-29 06:30:45 CEST

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Palmer" <scott.palmer@2connected.org>
To: "Subversion Users" <users@subversion.tigris.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: I miss tags

> On Sep 28, 2004, at 5:25 PM, Justin Randall wrote:
> > What subversion really needs is not ackward tagging/labelling support,
> Of course not, we have that ;)
> Kidding... I don't mind the tagging as much as it might seem by this
> thread.
> Nevertheless it appears that the Subversion way is to make a copy and
> pretend it's a label, instead of making something that actually is a
> label. It's really sort of a hack. It just happens to be a hack that
> works well in many cases and is fairly flexible. Nobody is asking to
> get rid of any of that from what I can tell. But just because you have
> cheap copies doesn't mean that it is the best solution to all problems.
> The fact that cheap copies can work as tags/labels doesn't make a
> revision alias or some other feature useless. It is useful to see
> labels from the trunk's perspective, is there a subversion command that
> can tell me every branch that was created as a copy from a specific
> main-branch (trunk), and the revision at which the copy was made,
> regardless of where those copies are in the repository? Having to find
> every leaf to see how it relates to the tree seems cumbersome.

Why is this useful?

I've seen lots of traffic about labels/tags. How are they really used by
those that want them? I'm working on a very large and mature project with
lots of developers and a huge customer base. We just don't use, need or want
tags. Branches are what we really need, not labels/tags. If you want tags
because that's all CVS or Visual Source Safe could provide to identify major
milestons in the project on the mainline, then I'd say welcome to the 21st
century: we don't have to hack around the engineering shortcomings at
Microsoft anymore. If there is some other truly legitimate use of tags that
I'm failing to grasp that isn't covered by branching, I'd love to hear about
it! I still have a lot to learn :)

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