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From "Brown, Carlton" <>
Subject RE: What notation is Ivy using here?
Date Thu, 20 Mar 2008 14:45:07 GMT
 > -----Original Message-----
> From: Xavier Hanin [] 
> Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 1:07 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: What notation is Ivy using here?
> On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 2:35 PM, Brown, Carlton 
> <> wrote:
> > This is probably a silly question, but please satisfy my 
> curiosity.   I
> >  notice that Ivy refers to artifacts using this notation:
> >  organisation#module;revision!filename
> >  i.e:  prpc#jars;5.3!prpc-5.3jar
> >
> >  I've seen this notation elsewhere, what is its name/origin?
> Some information:
> This notation has been introduced in Ivy 2.0 to help 
> reference things more easily, both in mailing lists and 
> console. I also use it in javarepo, making powerful queries 
> very easy (see "Searching 
> Hints" for details if you are interested).
> You can also look in the ivy dev or ant dev mail archive for 
> details about how we decided upon the convention.

I found some discussion of the merits of using this convention.  My
question is, was there other inspiration for it?  I'm not 100% sure, but
I think I remember seeing PVCS use a very similar convention (if not the
same one).   I was wondering if it came from some industry standard,
some other product, or you just coincidentally converged on the same

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