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Re: externals, present and future

From: Patrick Kelsey <pkelsey_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2004-09-30 12:57:00 CEST

On 29 Sep 2004 23:30:54 -0500, kfogel@collab.net <kfogel@collab.net> wrote:
> Diffidently, I would like to point out that most Subversion developers
> consider this lack to be simply a bug -- a fixeable one, see
> http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=937 for some more
> background.
> Not that this helps you right now, Patrick, and I fully understand
> your logic in not adopting a system that doesn't offer one of the
> features you want. We don't currently have a convincing
> CVSROOT/modules replacement, but believe me it's not because we're
> unaware of the need :-). The current svn:externals feature isn't
> really the same as true composition, we'd be the first to admit.
> -Karl

Ok, now we're getting somewhere ;) So to summarize, this is an old
and obvious problem, and the intention is to solve it. It's good for
me to understand that point, because now, as Ian suggests:

> Alternatively, you could shift now and help get the composition support
> added - it's open source, after all. That's how svncopy.pl got
> developed - it was hurting us so I wrote the script and submitted it.

I can start thinking about if/how I can contribute to a fix. Is there
a place that you know of where the developer discussion on this topic
is collected altogether (a mailing list thread perhaps? or at least
some way for me to search mailing list entries outisde of 2003...), or
should I be looking at all the issues that reference svn:externals or
CVS/modules and consider what the resulting functionality would be if
they are all resolved? Since it appears this has been an open issue
since 2002, if would be nice to be able to get a big-picture sense of
where the developers think this feature is heading and how.


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