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From robert burrell donkin <>
Subject Re: [all] Release tags, was VOTE Release FileUpload 1.1.1-RC1
Date Wed, 31 May 2006 21:58:25 GMT
On Mon, 2006-05-29 at 23:43 +1200, Simon Kitching wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-05-29 at 12:35 +0100, Stephen Colebourne wrote:
> > Simon Kitching wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2006-05-28 at 00:03 -0700, Henri Yandell wrote:
> > >>[I haven't created an SVN tag for the RC1. Is there any particular
> > >>reason the release info says to create a tag?]
> > > Making a tag in subversion has exactly the same price as checking in one
> > > new file, ie is trivial. I think the existing release advice is
> > > therefore good; creating a tag for an RC should be the regular
> > > practice. 
> > 
> > Personally I don't like the resulting 'tag clutter'. Is there any way in 
> > SVN to remove dead tags?
> Sure; "svn rm". A tag is just a directory (well, actually, just an entry
> in the parent directory that points to a specific "inode").
> For RCs from releases before the current one, I think deleting them
> seems reasonable (eg when 1.2 is released, remove 1.0 RC tags). I'd
> prefer to keep RC tags for at least one release though. If you don't
> like them in the main "tags" directory, they could be pushed down into a
> special "RC" directory....
> Of course "delete" just makes them not visible in the head revision; the
> "tag" directory is still there if you look for it.

is there any reason why we actually need to remove dead tags?

subversion holds the history of the project and deleting history seems a
little extreme (as well as bring potentially problems down the line).
why not just move dead tags to a special area?

- robert

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