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From Ben Reser <>
Subject Re: Documentation patch, comment and additions requested
Date Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:04:58 GMT
I'm in the middle of something else atm so I'm not going to commit
these changes...  But I do have some comments from glancing over it.

On Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 8:32 PM, Eric S. Raymond <> wrote:
> +3. Are there other prefixes besides "link " used in the blob content
> +of special files?  If so, what are they and what are their semantics?

None at this time.

> +=== Representation of symbolic links ===
> +
> +When the Subversion dumper creates a content blob representing a
> +symbolic link (that is, with the svn:special property) the contents of
> +the blob is not just the link's target path. It will have the prefix
> +"link ".  The loader removes this prefix.
> +
> +FIXME: Why is this?  Was it part of a plan to tag other special
> +file types with different prefixes?

It's not accurate to say that the loader removes the prefix.  Symbolic
links are only handled client side.  The repository just sees a link
as a normal file.  The client looks for svn:special property and then
uses the contents of the file to construct the link.  For instance
Windows has no support for symlinks (it has things like it but us
supporting that is complicated due to details of Windows that aren't
important here) so checking out something with a symlink in it just
results in the file existing in the wc.  You can see an artifact of
this by doing `svn cat link` where link is the name of some file
that's a link.  You'll get back the "link target" output just like you
see in the dump.

We've got some ideas on how to use it for implementing something along
the lines of views.  But we haven't spent much time on fully
implementing it yet.

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