On 04.05.2014 03:13, Dan Ellis wrote:

The svn command line list command currently accepts --depth arguments of files, infinity, and immediates (and empty, but that is really a no-op).  I'm in need of being able to list directory entries only in a repository, but I'm not sure there is any good way to accomplish that as-is.  I've search the lists and can only find articles about how folks have grep'ed the output or hacked list.c to only return directory entries (which is really just an inelegant grep anyways since the server still will be sending the data).

Is there a way, or consideration from the developers to add a feature, to fetch only directory entries from a repo?  Perhaps a --depth dirs (opposite of --depth files) option.  If there is no off the shelf way and/or the developers are against (or don't see enough need) to implement this, would there be any advise on how to accomplish this with a patch?  Is there in inherent limitation to the server protocol that makes a request like this simply unworkable?

The "depth" parameter is used in many places, not just in "svn list"; whatever enhancement you come up with must at least fit the other uses. Depth was invented to describe sparse working copies, and was only later adapted to other commands. For sparse working copies, "depth=dirs" probably doesn't make much sense.

Once you've defined what "depth=dirs" means for all the commands that support depth, you're about 10% done ... you'd have to review the implementation for every use of the depth parameter and either add "depth=dirs" semantics, or make sure a reasonable error message is returned if that value is not supported by a particular command:
brane@zulu:~/subversion/trunk$ grep -ir depth subversion | fgrep -v subversion/tests | wc -l
Good luck with that ... :)

-- Brane

P.S.: That number is a bit inflated, because it counts appearances in documentation etc., but it's still a substantial code change, and not trivial in several cases.

Branko Čibej | Director of Subversion
WANdisco // Non-Stop Data
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