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Re: FW: [DESIGN] Aliases?

From: Matthias Wächter <matthias.waechter_at_tttech.com>
Date: 2006-02-28 17:07:11 CET

Julian Foad schrieb:
> Matthias Wächter wrote:
>> If I understand the issue correctly, what Subversion is missing is a
>> way to specify a tag, and instead of checking out the tag (directory)
>> getting the source-of-tag directory.
>> For example, consider a checked-out directory:
>> /repos/trunk/ (@5)
>> /file1 (@5)
>> /file2 (@7)
>> When you create a tag, you simply make "svn cp .
>> http://server/repos/tags/mytag" committing, f.e., rev. 10
>> When you check out "http://server/repos/tags/mytag" again, despite the
>> nomenclature and possibly typing more than in the case of proposed
>> aliases, you end up with
>> /
>> repos/tags/mytag/ (@10)
>> /file1 (@10)
>> /file2 (@10)
>> but what you actually need is to check out what you had before,
>> /repos/trunk @5 and the files @5 and @7, even if the tag was @10.
> Maybe you are right, but could you please continue this example and show
> WHY you actually need the WC to be based on /trunk@5 etc. What sort of
> operations does this enable or make easier, compared to the WC being
> based on /tags/mytag@10 ?

Well, I don't know. :-) I only try to find a solution for the 'aliases'
problem other people request, using generic SVN techniques.

At first, it makes the behavior identical to CVS: If you tag something
and checkout the tag again, you get _precisely_ the same thing that you
had when you tagged. "svn status -v" and "svn info" will give the same
output as before the tag. It would even anticipate that the repository
revision counts over time: Using "conventional" SVN tags one ends
checking out the tag directory @10 or @15 or @1500 if the repository was
updated a couple of times. In the proposed tag walk-back way you would
always end up at /repos/trunk @5-7. That's what I'd call a real tag (if
I needed such :-)).

And all that with the added value of versioned tags which you don't have
in CVS.

- Matthias

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