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Re: subversion 1.11.0 on FreeBSD 11.2: ... does not support the HTTP/DAV protocol

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2018 11:36:35 +0100

On Tue, Nov 06, 2018 at 11:09:53AM +0100, Branko Čibej wrote:
> On 06.11.2018 10:20, Dr. Rolf Jansen wrote:
> > Said all this, I would have simply amended this error message by a hint. „... check the URL is pointing to a SVN repository!“.
>
> ... and this hint implies that only the URL could be wrong, so it's
> misleading.

I agree with Rolf that users will appreciate a hint about the URL
potentially being wrong. If it is phrased in a way that does not suggest
the URL as the only possible root cause for the user's problem, then I
don't see a downside.
This is similar to the message we print when the working copy has a newer
revision than the repository. In that case we add a hint to the error
message that the repository might be hosted on a write-through proxy
that could be out of date, an assumption which might not be true at all.

I don't agree with Rolf about creating drama around this issue.
The likely outcome is that github will adapt their implementation soon.
Until that happens we can stay friends and go about our lives, rather
than accusing each other of violating sacred principles of software
engineering.
Received on 2018-11-06 11:36:56 CET

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