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RE: Renaming files on win32[Scanned]

From: JS.staff <jsparrow_at_ecclescollege.ac.uk>
Date: 2004-12-22 10:13:05 CET

Hi Ben,

I'm sure you're not biased - but it's more the signal it sends. "..may
find more success by running inside [a] Unix emulation"...!!! I'm glad I
didn't read that before I started using SVN or it might have put me off!
Grin (that's the kind of thing I say to Mac users when I'm being

I'm a C# dev. Microsoft are always *very* careful to quote method
signatures in both VB and C# (and often Jscript etc too). I'm perfectly
capable of reading and converting VB sigs (just as I can read and
understand basic unix shell syntax). It's just the subliminal message it
sends, to focus on a single platform: some OS's are more equal than

I use TSVN too - but it doesn't encapsulate everything, especially not
server-side commands.

On a more general note, does anyone have stats on the proportion of 1)
exclusive unix users (in various flavours), 2) unix back-ends with win32
clients and 3) exclusive win32 users?


-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Collins-Sussman [mailto:sussman@collab.net]
Sent: 21 December 2004 23:52
To: John Szakmeister
Cc: users@subversion.tigris.org; Erik Huelsmann; JS.staff
Subject: Re: Renaming files on win32[Scanned]

     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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