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Re: How do I manage temporary source code hacks with subversion?

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:01:27 -0400

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 09:43, Jonty <subversion_at_jonmail.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am developing an application with the source code stored in
> subversion.  Occasionally I need to hack some part of the source with
> code that I know is bad, but I need the hack so I can get on with
> developing the rest of the application.
> How can I use subversion to track all the hacks in the source?  I want
> to make sure that I go back and rework those bad pieces of code before I
> release the application.  Is there a tool in subversion that will mark a
> piece of code as a hack, remember the mark, and then let me list off all
> the hacks that are still in the source?
> An example might make the question clear.  Let's say I am writing two
> functions, A and B.  Both A and B are complicated and each one will
> take several days to write.  To make things worse they are mutually
> recursive: A calls B in some conditions and B calls A in some
> conditions.
> I set of coding function A.  I reach the point where I need to call B
> but I don't want to break off and write the whole thing.  I write a
> small function called B that returns a fixed value.  This is a hack,
> but I need it so I can carry on coding A.
> I want to commit the source to subversion but I also need to mark
> the code for function B as a hack.  Later when I write the correct
> code for B and commit it I want the mark removed.  And to keep track
> of where I am I need a tool that can list all the marks.

I think most people use TODOs (or similar), either as comments in
their code or as markers in their IDE (or both, most likely). Why
would you *not* want to keep this information as close as possible to
the actual code, instead of abstracting it out into a different

Subversion just manages bits & bytes. It doesn't understand context,
nor can it "mark" things as you're describing.


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