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From Alexey Neyman <sti...@att.net>
Subject Patch ping, 5 years later: removing properties
Date Thu, 03 Nov 2011 19:05:34 GMT
Hi all,

Sorry for a long delay :) 5 years ago, I sent a patch to the mailing list that 
would allow to specify what to include/exclude from the diff output:

  http://subversion.tigris.org/ds/viewMessage.do?dsForumId=462&dsMessageId=742594

There were two problems this patch tried to address:

1. There was no way to exclude properties from the diff output.

2. There was no way to obtain a list of modified/added/deleted files and 
whether the content and/or properties have been modified.

I got a response from Ben Collins-Sussman that the patch I sent is superseded 
by --summarize option which was implemented in the trunk (which would 
eventually become 1.4):

  http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2006-06/0202.shtml

Actually, --summarize only addresses the issue #2, but not the issue #1. As to 
issue #1, ability to disable property diffs is still missing from Subversion. 
Common wisdom suggests running the diff through 'filterdiff --clean':

  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2755848/how-do-you-get-subversion-diff-
summary-to-ignore-mergeinfo-properties
  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/402522/is-there-a-metadata-exclusion-
filter-for-the-svn-diff-command

But this is still unreliable: if property text includes a diff-like chunk, it 
will go through.

What is the sentiment about implementing --no-property-diff option to 'svn 
diff'? I can implement it if there's agreement such option is needed.

Regards,
Alexey.

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