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Re: Embedded pager

From: B. Smith-Mannschott <bsmith.occs_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:49:50 +0200

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 18:09, Hyrum K. Wright<hyrum_at_hyrumwright.org> wrote:
> On Aug 25, 2009, at 3:53 PM, anatoly techtonik wrote:
>> SVN command line help is getting huge with every release. I really
>> miss pager for reading command line help in windows. I've tired of
>> extra typing to pipe help output to "more" once in a while to get to
>> arguments list format. As I was asked to discuss this prior to
>> entering bug report, I post this request here.
> I'm curious: why should Subversion re-invent or re-implement perfectly
> usable tools, simply because you are tired of using the pager
> applicable to your environment?  Do you file such requests will all of
> your frequently used tools, such as gcc?
> These are honest questions.  If there is a serious use case Subversion
> lacks, it's good to know about it.  I suspect in this case, the answer
> is "write a wrapper script" rather than "spend a large amount of time
> re-inventing the wheel."  If it's not, though, I'm interested to learn
> why.

Well, as user of svn and git (and to a lesser degree hg and bzr) I can
say that I've come to appreciate git's affordances here. Git's
(mostly) intelligent use of color and paging is a real usability win
when working on the command line. Whenever I switch back to svn, bzr
and hg it feels a little stone-age for a moment.

Recently, I've been writing scripts that build on subversion to
provide me convenient access to functionality I use often which might
have been built into subversion that isn't. (list tags and branches of
the current project, create a new branch given only the branch name,
switch to branch easily, and yes, even the equivalent of svn log |

If I'm doing this, I wonder how many others are as well.

> -Hyrum
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