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Re: Extensions for common requirements

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-05-12 15:38:03 CEST

Dirk Hoffmann wrote:
>> Hi,
>> this posting is in reply to "Can you set properties on a file without
>> having it checked out?".
>> I opened a new thread as it adresses a broader range of problems.
>> In the system we are developing svn is accessed through automated
>> processes programmed in java. To make this possible svn's interfaces
>> needed to be extended. Here comes a collection of patches others may
>> find useful.
>> The patches are against version 1.1.0-rc2.
>> They are intended to give others some hints on how they can create their
>> own extensions not to be used directly.
>> Note that I'm not an expert on svn internals.
>> I've attached a tgz (hope it will make it to the list) containing a
>> directory structure with the two branches mod and new. new contains new
>> files and mod diffs to files that already existed in the original
>> sources (I don't like recursive diff). Both directories resemble the
>> directory structure of svn's sources.
>> The way the changes are applied to svn's sources aims at minimizing
>> modifications to the original source files to make patching new svn
>> versions as easy as possible.
>> (That's because I think some of those will never find their way into
>> subversion)
>> Of course I would be happy if the subversion developers reviewed this
>> stuff and maybe add parts of it to subversion.

A comment in general.... *Please* don't use the "svn_" prefix for symbol
names for anything that you publicize, but do not intend to become part of
Subversion officially - it opens a door to extreme confusion.

>> Features:
>> ---------
>> [libsvn_client]
>> New functions:
>> * svn_client_rename()
>> This function does the same as svn_client_move with the following
>> exception:
>> If dst_path exists and is a directory this function raises an error
>> wheras snv_client_move would append the basename of src_path to
>> dst_path and take this as the destination path.
>> Added new argument to wc_to_wc_copy that controls if copying into
>> directories is allowed

I believe we have an issue concerning this in our tracker.

>> * svn_client_head_revision()
>> Return the numerical value of the head revision of the repository
>> containing the give resource

Isn't this pretty easy to do directly with libsvn_ra ?

>> * svn_client_repos_root()
>> Return the url of the repository containing the given resource


>> * svn_client_put()
>> Copy local file into the repository without needing a local working
>> copy

See tools/examples/svnput.c for why we worry about shoot-self-in-foot
possibilities of this.

>> * svn_client_kind()
>> Get the node kind of specified files or URLs.

Doesn't this end up as little more than a trivial wrapper of other APIs?

>> * svn_client_prop_set()
>> Set a property without needing a local working copy

At some point we need to have a discussion about whether the
shoot-self-in-foot possibilities mentioned above apply to properties too or


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