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From Philip Martin <>
Subject Have 'svn status' indicate sparse
Date Sun, 14 Mar 2010 14:29:00 GMT
"Bert Huijben" <> writes:

>> From: Philip Martin []
>> I'd like 'svn status' to start indicating when a working copy is
>> sparse, probably by using 'P' like svnversion.  It could also be used
>> to indicate not-present nodes.
> Where would you like it to report that 'P'. On directories with depth <
> svn_depth_infinity?
> (Trying to think of a place where that makes sense)

Much the same way it reports 'S' for switched.

> $ svn status
> M       subversion\libsvn_wc\update_editor.c
> M       subversion\libsvn_wc\wc-queries.sql
> M       subversion\libsvn_wc\wc_db.c
> M       subversion\libsvn_wc\wc_db.h
> Would that indicate a change on a directory? (Otherwise sparse directories
> aren't even in the output of svn status)

I think it's a bug that sparse directories are not in the output. How
does one check whether a working copy is sparse or not?  I can parse
the output of 'svn info --recursive' but that's not ideal.

> (Adding yet another column doesn't make things more understandable)

I think it would have to be a new column.

> Maybe in svn status -v?


> svn info already reports sparse directories, but it currently has no way to
> report excluded subdirectories and files. (Which I see as another kind of
> sparse directories). And if we think of adding excluded as sparse, something
> tells me that we should also look at absent.
> Just one thing: One of the major objectives of WC-NG is to make 'svn status'
> noticeable faster. Adding more calculations to that might work in the
> opposite direction.

I don't think retrieving one more column is going to be significant.


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