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Re: Renaming files on win32[Scanned]

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-12-22 00:51:32 CET

> JS.staff wrote:
>> The docs, for
>> example, seem to give all examples in unix-speak (unless they've
>> changed in the last few months).

The book's preface states that this bias is intentional, but that the
commandline client still works in Windows:

     "This book is written for computer-literate folk who want to use
Subversion to manage their data. While Subversion runs on a number of
different operating systems, its primary user interface is command-line
based. It is that command-line tool (svn) which is discussed and used
in this book. For consistency, the examples in this book assume the
reader is using a Unix-like operating system, and is relatively
comfortable with Unix and command-line interfaces.

     That said, the svn program also runs on non-Unix platforms like
Microsoft Windows. With a few minor exceptions, such as the use of
backward slashes (\) instead of forward slashes (/) for path
separators, the input to and output from this tool when run on Windows
are identical to its Unix counterpart. However, Windows users may find
more success by running the examples inside the Cygwin Unix emulation

...and, as author of the book, I'll tell you why we did this:

    1. It would likely be confusing to alternate between unix and
windows commandline examples.

    2. Let's face it: 90% of people using the commandline client are
using unix. The vast majority of win32 svn users are using
TortoiseSVN. So if the goal of the book is to explain the commandline
client, it makes sense to show examples that target the bigger

So please, don't construe the docs as "bias" against Windows. :-)

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