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Re: Similating "label" feature in Subversion?

From: fj <fj_at_effjay.com>
Date: 2007-08-24 20:04:11 CEST

Bicking, David (HHoldings, IT) wrote:
> I have an interesting situation where labels (rather than "tags") would
> be handy. I want to identify a certain revision (r31) as a suitable
> rollback point during testing. Since we're testing the functionality of
> Subversion, we don't really care about the revisions after this stable
> starting point. We care about whether the behavior is as expected, and
> we might want to rollback all changes to r31 to start fresh.
> Now, this is just the current need. I can forsee where we might want to
> identify particular revisions for the future. For example "We created
> branch XYZ at this revision". Of course, these labels would have to be
> something we can easilly see with a report or by looking at a property
> history on the repository.
> Do any of you know an efficient way to get this functionality? I took a
> quick stab at creating a custom property called "label" but it doesn't
> seem to be what I need. When I update it, the original is then hidden
> in history and I can't really find it in a repository browser or a
> property list in my workspace.
> --
> David Bicking
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for what it's worth, I second the idea (as i have in previous messages)
of implementing a real label feature in svn.

I was a StarTeam administrator for 6 years, as well as being the qa
director, primary software config. mgmt. authority, and I think I also
washed a few bottles every now and then at that same gig. With
StarTeam, we used their view-level and rev-level labeling feature
extensively; it is quite powerful. I don't want to run-on about it, but
if anybody has any questions about it I'll certainly try to elaborate.
My point is, labeling, done well, can indeed be a very useful capability.

Don't get me wrong -- SVN's a great tool, especially for the price
(StarTeam cost a stunningly large amount of money for the number of
licenses the organization owned), and I'm generally agnostic about tools
-- use what I have to, use what I've got, etc., and figure out how to
make it work. Part of the ex-military in me... but I do miss some of
StarTeam's features, and a true labeling capability like StarTeam has is
one of those features I miss.


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