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Re: Revisiting: Question about "labeling" fuctionality

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-01-18 20:15:01 CET

Sean Laurent wrote:
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> On Tuesday 18 January 2005 11:21 am, Hugo Heden wrote:
>> Ok. I guess the user community does not apply enough pressure on the
>> developers here. Thanks for answering!
>>
>> Is the request illogical in some way? Should the
>> "A-tag-is-nothing-but-a-copy"-model suffice in all cases? Or is the
>> feature just very boring to implement?
>>
>> Yes, we are using textfiles (so far only manually edited, roughly one
>> for each project document "package") for this labeling purpose.
>
> Hi Hugo,
> I'm replying off-list because I don't want to watch another flame war...
> *grin*

But good that this ended up on list anyway, because it's not as incendiary
as apparently thought, and contains some things that need to be discussed.

> I don't think the problem is that the user community isn't applying enough
> pressure... it's more that a very vocal portion of the community doesn't
> seem
> to want labels.
>
> Observe the "RE: Roadmap for 1.1" thread:
> http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2004-04/0101.shtml
>
> You will notice that very rapidly a few people jump in and claim either
> that
> tags accomplish the same thing or that any such idea could/should be
> implemented in a GUI instead.
>
> Labels are definitely something I'm interested in, although I don't have
> time
> myself to make such a significant change to Subversion. If you have any
> suggestions on how to hold a more productive conversation on the mailing
> list, I would love to hear them!

It's not "don't want labels" - it's "don't want something that's almost, but
not completely, like an existing feature, unless we are 100% certain that
there is no way to extend the existing feature to do what is required".
I.e., it's all about maintaining a well-structured consistent design.

If I understand correctly, the main reason for wanting labels is to be able
to look at a file, and see the tags set on it. This could be provided using
the existing tags, and a better way to view copy history, and this would be
much more coherent with the rest of Subversion's feature set.

Max.

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