Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Aug 18 12:14:02 EDT 2006

David Kramer <david at> writes:

> You know, I hear this all the time, but nobody has every been able to
> tell me what's so "scary" about it.  What do you think the difference
> should be between a tag, a branch, and a copy?

For me, I think the native ACLs are insufficient.  I want to say
something like "tags are write-by-copy-only" -- i.e., you can create
stuff in a tag by copying from elsewhere, but you cannot 'write' to a

Right now you can only assign things as read-only or read-write, and
that's just too course-grained for my tastes.  I think this is what
Kent is complaining about.

I suspect that if SVN had more fine-grained ACL controls (and had a
sample default ACL that made tags write-by-copy-only) that would make
his life easier...  Or at least solve his biggest gripe.

       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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