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Re: Can I define lables for URLs in my local config file?

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2006-05-18 02:18:09 CEST

On 5/17/06, Dave Camp <dave@thinbits.com> wrote:
> I'm constantly performing server operations with long URLs like
> svn_ssh://foo.domain.com/svn/project/trunk and it's getting annoying
> to type that over and over.
> Is there some way I can define that in my local config such that I
> can type 'svn log myShortcut' and have it internally expand
> myShortcut to the full URL?
> I just reviewed the config file section of the online 1.3 book and
> don't see anything quite like this.

Nope. One common workaround is defining very short environment
variables, for example:

export R=https://svn.collab.net/repos/svn

svn ls $R/tags

One problem with your 'svn log myShortcut' idea is how that behavior
interacts with a working copy. What if you have a file named
myShortcut? There needs to be some disambiguation someplace, either
by saying the shortcut wins, and you have to do ./myShortcut to get
the file, or by providing some sort of syntax that means "intepret
this as a shortcut". If you provide that sort of syntax, you need to
make sure it works in the majority of shells, which is kind of a
pain... This has come up several times on the dev list over the

There are also other proposals floating around for solving part of the
problem. For example, you usually have a working copy lying around,
so what you might actually want is a syntax for saying "relative to
this project's root", so you can say 'svn ls $ROOT/branches' (with
some better syntax for $ROOT, of course). The problem there becomes
"how do you define a root", and there are various ways that could
work, none of which have been implemented yet.

Anyway, the short answer is "No, but the short env var thing works
reasonably well".


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