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Unhelpful error message when date is wrong

From: Phil Endecott <spam_from_subversion_users_at_chezphil.org>
Date: 2006-02-27 12:47:08 CET
('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) Dear All,

It seems to me that Subversion is sometimes let down by the poor quality of its error messages. Here is my latest example:

$ svn diff -r '{2005-02-24}'
svn: Unable to find repository location for '' in revision 0

I was trying to see what had changed since last Friday, but I forgot that it has been 2006 for the last couple of months (need more coffee...). In my already confused state I tried lots of things like

$ svn diff -r '{2005-02-24}:HEAD'
$ svn diff -r {2005-02-24}
$ svn diff -r '{24/2/2005}'
$ svn diff -r '{2005-02-24}' .
$ svn diff -r '{2005-02-24}' *

all giving the same useless error message.

If it had instead said "2005-02-24 is before the creation date of the repository", I would have immediately seen the problem.

Would people agree that this is an issue that should be fixed?

Cheers,

--Phil.

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