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From Alfred von Campe <>
Subject Re: Modifying svn:log property: good or bad?
Date Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:03:02 GMT

Thanks for the feedback.  Do you enforce just appending to the svn:log property or is that
just the policy and everyone follows it?  Same question for modifying the other recprops:
do you enforce it or is it just policy?


> On Feb 26, 2016, at 12:42, Eric Johnson <> wrote:
> We looked at this problem, and decided that typos were not sufficient reason to tamper
with history.
> However, committers sometimes forget critical information, such as the bug # associated
with a commit, or other information critical to a useful audit trail.
> To avoid losing history, and yet allow for such critical information, our work-around
is to allow changes to the svn:log property, but only allow appending to existing contents.
Once we put that in, people stopped complaining.
> We don't allow users to change any other revprops.
> Eric.
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 7:40 AM, Alfred von Campe < <>>
> Is modifying the unversioned svn:log property considered bad practice?  We’re about
to upgrade to a new Subversion server at work, and the central group that manages that server
will no longer allow modifications to unversioned properties.  Their main reason is so that
third party tools like Jira and Crucible, that have daemons that scan check-in comments for
keywords and index the results, don’t have to be re-run again to re-index updated commits.
 They are recommending creating a property on all the files that were affected in a commit
(the name/value of the property is not important), and then committing that change with the
“correct” check-in comment.  I can see their point, but sometimes you just want to correct
a minor typo in a commit log.
> I’m just wondering what collective wisdom of this group is in regards to updating the
svn:log property (or other unversioned properties)?
> Thanks,
> Alfred

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