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Re: Mnemomic names for revisions

From: Mark Parker <mark_at_msdhub.com>
Date: 2005-05-05 22:23:35 CEST

>Subversion is essentially a filesystem with full history over time.
>The reason we want a filesystem with time history is so that we can
>retrieve the state of the filesystem as it was at time X.

I used to think I liked the idea of revision labels. I don't anymore.
What I just realized is this: revision labels really aren't enough. A
revision number only specifies the y-coordinate. It wouldn't be useful
(for me at least, my repository root isn't my trunk). Besides, as I use
svn more and more, I have url-related frustration less and less. It's
just not that bad (but I never used CVS).

I think, however, that those who are pushing for revision labels really
want something else: some sort of coordinate table, letting a user
specify a "coordinate name" and getting back a url at a specific
revision. Both coordinates.

svn co --coordinate-name=some_name .

I'm not arguing for this -or- the revision label feature, but if a
feature was to be implemented, it might as well be useful.

Mark

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