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Re: Problem with the present handling of svn:externals

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-02-19 13:52:09 CET

On Feb 19, 2005, at 4:53 AM, John Dubery wrote:
> I guess this is associated with SVN making the transition from a "nice
> early
> version,
> stable but missing a few capabilities" to "mature, all reasonable
> capabilities available".

I think that's a bit judgemental. :-) You're the first person to ever
notice or care that this "critical" feature of svn:externals isn't

Most people have been perfectly happy to either point to a fixed
snapshot (-r) or to HEAD. Very often externals point to completely
different repositories, in which case the feature you propose be

If you're worried about svn:externals pointing to a "moving target",
then make a tag of the external, and point to that new directory. I'm
not entirely convinced that an external always having the same revision
number as its parent project is any less of a "moving target" than just
tracking HEAD.

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