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From Stefan Fuhrmann <>
Subject Re: svn ls --search/pattern/glob/case-insensitive [was: svn commit: r1806548 ...]
Date Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:12:07 GMT

On 29.08.2017 12:46, Julian Foad wrote:
> Evgeny Kotkov wrote:
>> Bert Huijben <> writes:
>>>> As Julian discovered, '--search' as used with 'svn log' is may not suitable
>>>> for 'svn ls'.  File name matching should be case-sensitive and requires
>>>> full patterns just like e.g. the ordinary unix command line 'ls' command.
>>>> Therefore, introduce a separate '--pattern' option for 'svn log' that works
>>>> similar to patterns with Unix command line 'ls'.  Since the actual matching
>>>> already confirms to that, we only need a different option pre-processing.
>>> Perhaps we could use --glob, to allow other syntax patterns later?
>>> Not sure... perhaps --glob is too technical.
>> My 2 cents on this would be that having "svn ls --pattern" and "svn log
>> --search" which only differ in terms of case sensitivity have a chance of
>> being confusing for the users.
> I agree that's confusing, even just having two different option names is
> confusing.
>> Perhaps, a slightly better way would be to keep the case-insensitive behavior
>> by default, but add a "--case-sensitive" switch to handle the cases where
>> it's required?
>> That is,
>>      svn ls --search
>>      svn ls --search --case-sensitive
> I don't think a case-sensitive mode is necessary. Remember, this is a
> user interface. It is to help users find things. It does not attempt to
> be a programmatic search tool with all the precision and flexibility of
> Unix 'find -name -maxdepth -prune ...'. I expect almost zero use cases
> would require case-sensitive matching at this UI level, and that is why
> we made 'svn log --search' just be case-insensitive always.

How would you implement the case-insensitive comparison
on the server side consistent with the client-side locals?

-- Stefan^2.

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