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Re: Is label support in future release?

From: Phyrefly <phyrefly.phyre_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-11-15 13:25:36 CET

I've just caught up with this thread, and there's one thing I'd like to add...

It should be possible to create "complex labels" (the label
"release_1" is rev 1 of Dir A, but rev 2 of Dir B (as rev 2 contained
a bugfix in Dir B, and the start of work on release_2 in Dir A). Dir
C might not be labeled at all at this point, as it's unnecessary in
release 1. Then all SVN commands using a rev number could be fed a
label instead, and would be a LOT simpler to use.

One step further still, If I then found a bug in file X, I could
branch it at label release_one, fix the bug, re-label the branch file
as release_1, unlabel the trunk file, and merge the fix back into the

Now an export of "release_one" pulls rev 1 for one folder, rev 2 for
another, ignores a third, and gets me a branched file for file X. All
ready for release. Clearly any file should only be able to hold a
specific lable at one revision (including branches).

There's a lot less difficulty there for my end users (I am the only
real techy in my dept, but there are lots of HTML scripters that need
to be able to get old (stable) versions of products for new clients).
It also means I can keep a label for latest_release, and just move it
when I'm ready, and they don't have to change their steps at all.
Getting them familiar enough with the way SVN works to use tag folders
or branches is just not an option.

On 15/11/06, Dmitri Colebatch <dim@colebatch.com> wrote:
> On 11/15/06, Nikki Locke <info@trumphurst.com> wrote:
> > Tim Hill wrote:
> > > The main issue, as I see it, is that many
> > > svn workflows involve operations between different revisions in a
> > > repository, but that there is no real syntax for accessing those
> > > revisions symbolically.
> >
> > Can you give some examples of such operations?
> >
> > I'm relatively new to Subversion, and I'm having trouble understanding
> > exactly what you would want to do that can't be done with tags.
> We've recently migrated from cvs to svn and the single biggest thing I'm
> struggling with is the following scenario:
> I get a bug report from the field, or I want to pre-emptively check to see
> if a particular fix made it into a release (releases might be in QA for
> weeks before going out to production). In cvs, I would know that the tag in
> QA/production is "tag_20061115a". Using IntelliJ I would then view history
> of that file and I can scan down the history to see which version has that
> tag.
> I'm yet to figure out a nice way to do the same thing using svn. I've had a
> couple of pointers in response to an earlier enquiry but haven't really
> found anything that is as simple as the above.
> cheers
> dim

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