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RE: Unclear: CVS and Subversion repository difference.

From: Janulewicz, Matthew <MJanulewicz_at_westernasset.com>
Date: 2005-06-20 18:20:46 CEST

> Well, I agree - several people have asked for a label/mnemonic name that
> could be assigned to a svn-revnum.
> Dirk

Why not set a property on those files?

I was a bit perplexed by this global repository number and lack of tags at first, too, but I read the Good Book and it makes sense when you think about it. A 'classic' tag/label is only applied to certain paths (or at least it should be, or you're rendering the tag useless.) If the 'global revision' of the depository is on everything in it, so what? Do you pull your code globally? I don't. I only pull what I need so I don't care that this number is applied outside the scope of my project. I don't care that it increments when my projects have nothing checked in, because I only care about the one revision I care about (no comedy intended, I know what I said.)
As alluded to above, an improperly applied tag can waste time and confuse folks anyway. In some tools (PVCS) it's almost automatic that to pull a tag, you have to (attempt to) pull an entire tree anyway (which takes forever) because it's so easy to lose track of code. Branching into a tag seems more concise and obvious to me when I really look at it. In a way, Subversion seems to force (or at least highly encourage) groups of developers to arrange their code in a sane way, with proper branching for easy parallel development.
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