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From Stefan Sperling <>
Subject Re: Subversion 2.0
Date Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:00:06 GMT
On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 04:24:46PM +0200, Branko ─îibej wrote:
> 3. "This protocol is too chatty, let's invent a better one"
> Our wire protocol is a module. We can invent new ones without affecting
> existing ones. Likewise for repository storage, or working copy storage,
> etc. (with the latter actually being the hardest to change, due to
> hysterical ... um, I mean historical reasons).

Case in point: The ra-git branch started out as a repository access
module, and later evolved into a repository fliesystem backend.
Our design is flexible enough to allow for such features to be added.
Even something like 'Git-backed SVN' would not require a 2.x branch.

I would encourage new developers who want to work towards SVN 2.0
to gain some experience by finishing the ra-git branch and making a
new 1.x release with built-in Git compatibility. This would go a
long way towards allowing users to benefit from the advantages of
both SVN and Git. Many environments run a mix of SVN and Git today and
SVN will hopefully stay relevant for a longer period of time if it

Another useful feature would be built-in support for Git's fast-export
streams in svnadmin dump/load.

Git already has a reasonable level of SVN compatibility on their side.
Such compatibility being a one-way street is not nice for users of
either tool.

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