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From Daniel Shahaf <...@daniel.shahaf.name>
Subject Re: No-op changes no longer dumped by 'svnadmin dump' in 1.9
Date Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:35:14 GMT
Johan Corveleyn wrote on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 11:03:43 +0200:
> Just one small addition on the fundamental part: I still think (like
> we discussed during breakfast last Friday in Berlin :-)) there is no
> problem in having / preserving / exposing null-text-changes to paths
> in Subversion.

I tend to agree: in general, allowing the vacuous case tends to be
useful.  Johan's example of hanging a non-empty log message on
a revision that lacks a non-empty text-delta is a perfect example of
that.

Another example is creating padding revisions.  When we migrated to ASF,
we had to incur a revision numbers offset of 840074.  It would have been
reasonable to create 26 padding revisions to make the offset a round
number.  Those revisions wouldn't have needed any content.  If
Subversion forbade revisions with no changed-paths, we would have had to
create dummy changes — but, at that point, we would be working around
a limitation of the tool.

Cheers,

Daniel


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