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Re: Is label support in future release?

From: Jeremy Pereira <jeremyp_at_jeremyp.net>
Date: 2006-11-20 13:37:21 CET

On 17 Nov 2006, at 21:32, Tim Hill wrote:

>>
>> I've seen this argument before. Are graphic artists and technical
>> writers really too stupid to use source code control systems? I
>> think your problem is in the way you are probably trying to
>> explain tagging. I would guess you are giving them the CVS
>> concept of a tag and then telling them how to implement cvs tags
>> in Subversion.
>
> Are you *serious* ??? Have you ever sat down and tried to explain
> tags to these people. It's not terminology, it's a much more
> complex concept. Sorry, they can "get" labels, they don't "get"
> tags. You can _call_ them labels, and they get it then, but once
> you start explaining the *how*, they just glaze over.

Was there a reason you ignored the subsequent paragraph in my post?
Let me say it again: you don't *need* to teach these people about
tags. Tags in Subversion are just copies really. I'm sure your
graphic designers can understand the concept of a copy, after all
they probably did it all the time with the normal file system in
their pre-source code control days. So you just tell them that when
they do a release they should svn copy the trunk to a sub-directory
of the tags directory. Except I wouldn't call it "tags", I'd call it
"releases". Your graphic designers could use any terminology they
like for the name.

There are problems with the subversion way, for instance tags are not
immutable (neither are they in cvs incidentally, tags can be moved
from revision to revision without even any history being created);
it's difficult to figure out the revision from which a tag or branch
was made without doing an svn log; it's almost impossible to figure
out which revisions have been copied to make tags and branches. But
to me, the way to fix these problems is to fix the problems not to
introduce another feature which would complicate the product
(unnecessarily IMHO). For instance, per directory access controls
would solve the immutability problem.

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