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Re: GUI Diff on Repository HEAD and "a" directory?

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007a_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-03-20 08:12:50 CET

On Mar 19, 2007, at 17:30, Tom Malia wrote:

> Well, to be honest, by this time I've forgotten exactly how this
> vain of the
> discussion related to the specific problems I was trying to solve.
> I'm not trying to work around a deficiency in VSS. I believe my
> original
> issue was with not being able to perform a Diff against items IN the
> repository... most of the resulting discussion was... I guess,
> somewhat
> unrelated to the core issue... a tangent shall we say. Though I
> greatly
> appreciate the indulgence since the resulting tangent has helped me
> come to
> be better over all understanding of the differences between the two
> environments.

I think the tangent occurred because we were trying to understand why
you would want to diff files against the server. Thousands of people
happily use Subversion without having missed such functionality. I
would say that there is a Subversion way to accomplish what you're
trying to accomplish (being, in the broader sense, concurrent
development of a project by multiple developers), and it doesn't
involve needing to manually diff files against things in the
repository on the server.

I would suggest that you and all your developers who will be using
Subversion should take a weekend and read through the Subversion book
available at http://svnbook.org (or purchase a hardcopy of that or
another Subversion book). It will probably be easier to absorb the
Subversion concepts if you do not bring along any preconceptions
about revision control or the way in which it works from your
previous experience. I imagine this may be difficult; it was easy for
me as I had no previous revision control experience.

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