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Is there an ultimate solution for the build process/global revision number

From: Robert Schneider <r.schneider_at_weingartner.com>
Date: 2005-06-29 09:08:08 CEST

(This is my very first posting to a mailing list. Hope it works.)

Hi to everyone,

I am still confused how to deal with a build process
and the global revision numbers. I have had expected
that this is standard problem with a standard
solution. I guess every software developer must meet
this problem, or not?

What do I want:
1) A nice build process.
2) The revision number in an info or about box
   (what implicates that this number has to be included
   within the source code)

Is this something special? I don't think so. The problem
should be independent from the used programming language
and the OS (I use VB6 and VB8 under Windows if anyone
is interested...).

So what is the BEST practice. Surely there a several
Approaches but I would like to know the perfect one, if
possible.

Questions:
Is it better to use svn-exported files for a build?
It the use of the SubWCRev.exe a good idea or is it even
necessary?
If I have to use the working copy how can I avoid that
the source file with the revision number gets a changed
state so I have to revert that file?
Can I cleanly separate the build process from subversion?
Or does the use of subversion causes a special build
process?

So how does it look like, the perfect solution? Or are
there only workarounds?

If there is a standard solution this should be placed
within the faq. If this is the solution:
http://subversion.tigris.org/faq.html#version-value-in-source
then I did not understand it. Would be nice to change it
to a abstract description without the make example.

Are there any plans to enhance subversion so that the
svnversion command works also directly with the repository?
I don't understand why it only works with working copy.

I appreciate any help!

Robert Schneider
(from Austria)

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