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Re: looking for one word to encompass trunk, tag and branch

From: Jim Thompson <jim.thompson_at_doit.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:42:39 -0500

Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> On Aug 18, 2009, at 07:41, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> Bolstridge, Andrew wrote:
>>>> Good naming, they tell us programmers, is important.
>>>> Trunks, tags and branches are all pretty much the same thing in
>>>> subversion. The trunk is just a specially named branch not
>>>> located in
>>>> the branches folder. Tags are just branches that don't get
>>>> edited. And
>>>> even branches are just a convention.
>>>> I'm writing some scripts to automate certain repetitive subversion
>>>> tasks and am trying to come up with a term to encompass trunk,
>>>> tag or
>>>> branch. For example:
>>>> svn://foo/trunk/a/b/c -- is some folder inside the trunk. The
>>>> trunk is
>>>> at svn://foo/trunk
>>>> svn://foo/branches/1.x/a/b/c -- the branch is at
>>> svn://foo/branches/1.x
>>>> svn://foo/tags/1.0/a/b/c -- the tag is at svn://foo/tags/1.0
>>>> I'd like to be able, in all three cases to say the *mumble* of <url>
>>>> is at <shorter-url>.
>>>> What should I use in place of *mumble*? Things I've considered.
>>> How about:
>>> Base (or Basis);
>>> Foundation;
>>> Source;
>>> Root (not keen on this one)
>>> Top;
>>> Terminus.
>>> I like Foundation best, "...go to the project foundation and click on
>>> tags to see..."
>> Why not just call it the project?
> He's not looking for a word for the project. He's looking for a word
> that can be used to describe the trunk, or any branch, or any tag, of
> the project.

I've been doing some scripting and here's the naming scheme used in my

- root (e.g., https://..../regular)
- module
- middle (e.g., TTB, release, whatever)
- tail (e.g., test, qa, prod)

I glue those together (in the script) to get the full Url string. I've
got other stuff going on in the tail - a full tail might look like
test_20090818_1135_jft - and the script has a "find last" option.

The names (root, module, ...) were arbitrary - we're just talking about
pieces of a string and users may or may not conform to the TTB suggestion.


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