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Global Revision keyword, again and again

From: Jan W. Hentsch <jwh_at_csmed.de>
Date: 2005-07-29 18:48:54 CEST

Hello together,

I started investigating in Subversion about 2 weeks ago.

In Hinstory I was used to RCS when I programmed mainly in C and used
and stuff.

Nowadays I have to do with all sorts of file collections, which I wan't
put under Revision Control.

So I figured out that Subversion is a very fine tool, I like the way I
can say:
"please give me the Project xxx as it was in revision 12345". I also
like the
WEB-access feature with several supported clients for all sorts of

So everything is as best expected.

But there is one thing, AND I read the FAQ, the book and hundreds of
EMails regarding
the way to automatically get the global Revision number of a project
updated in
a file (via keyword or so).

There are many responces to nearly same questions from other (maybe also
users that for my opinion don't meet the point.

It is not allways possible to use svnversion in a Makefile.

I saw also the responces, that it is nearly impossible to implement this
little feature
request, because it would have to search all files for a possible

So why not make it practicable, just define one singele file
".svn-version" in the projects main
folder that gets updated on every checkout/export (maybe on confirm is
better). That's all I'm looking for,
and I guess, that's all the others are looking for as well.

This file could than get parsed at project code run time (whether it's a
C-Programme, a Perl-Script,
a PHP-driven Web-Site) an answer the End-Users Question "Where does the
Project come from?"

AS a wish, this file could also contain the Release Information (2.1.17
if it comes from http://host/repos/ProjectX/tags/2.1.7

PLEASE do not respond like RTFM, FAQ, or "it is not possible" I have
read it all and at the moment
I'm very frustrated.

The only impossible thing ever is: "it's impossible!"

Sorry for my caotic english, but if it comes to tell emotions, that's
hard outside
your native language.

If something is unclear, please ask.

I'm looking forward for any constructive responce,

thanks in advance


Jan W. Hentsch, jwh@csmed.de
CSMed GmbH
Otto-Röhm-Straße 69
64293 Darmstadt
Mobile: +49 172 65 11 487

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