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Old-fashioned externals backward compatibility

From: Anton V. Kravtsov <ka5_at_ukr.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 08:18:10 -0700 (PDT)

Hi all,

after a month of using Subversion 1.6.4 (through TortoiseSVN), I discovered that nested externals in our tags don't work as expected any longer (they were created in the epoch of Subversion 1.5.x).
With nested I mean the externals in format:

Source\SubProj -r 12345 https://server/ExtraRepo/SubProj

According to the new documentation, a backslash '\' now is handled as an escape character, and not as a directories separator (the latter case is convenient for Windows mostly).

It is easy to adjust the slash for new tags (they are created automatically by the release procedure), but old tags (there are hundreds of them) will still be broken.

Is it possible to adjust Subversion so it will treat old-fashioned externals without escape-based approach?
I suppose, at the moment of a check-out the format of an external is know, so it doesn't look as a complex task.

Does it sound reasonable and provide benefits for others as well?

Thanks in advance,


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