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Re: help me show others that there are valid reasons for not supporting a $log$ keyword!

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2008c_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 14:29:37 -0500

On Sep 16, 2008, at 11:04 AM, Robert P. J. Day wrote:

> Quoting "Reedick, Andrew":
>> What is the goal/purpose/benefit of the log? If SVN can provide
>> or meet that goal/purpose/benefit, then it shouldn't matter how
>> it's implemented. Don't force the Old Inefficient Ways on New
>> Tools.
> that will *not* be a compelling argument. the normal response to
> that is, "but it won't *hurt*, will it?" when people are absolutely
> entrenched in their ways, it is not enough to show that some old
> habit no longer has any value. you have to go further and show that
> it actually *harms* the process, however you want to do that.
> trust me, i've been down this road before. you need to demonstrate
> actual harm. if you can't, you're going to lose this one.

My argument would be:

Subversion does not have the function in question ($Log$ in source).
The developers of Subversion will not implement it or accept a patch
which implements it. So you can either waste a lot of time
implementing it yourself and maintaining it forever, or you can
understand why it's not a good idea and do something else that is
supported. :-)

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Received on 2008-09-16 21:30:03 CEST

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