Subversion - user feedback

Ben Collins-Sussman sussman at
Wed May 17 16:36:28 CDT 2006

On 5/17/06, Julian Foad <julianfoad at> wrote:
> Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> > On 5/16/06, Woodward, Graeme Kenneth (Graeme) <graemew at> wrote:
> >
> >>- provide an obvious 'version' command line option on svn, and information
> >>about this
> >>in the help system & in the book.
> >
> > 'svn help' shows all commands, just like 'cvs help'.  'svn help help'
> > shows the --version switch.
> In Graeme's defence, yes it does, but "--version" isn't logically a switch to
> the "help" command, it's just implemented like it is, and that weirdness has
> bugged me for ever.  There's no reason why anyone should think of running "svn
> help help" in order to discover the "--version" option; rather, that command
> should tell the user how to get help.
> In my opinion, "svn help" should list the global options, and "--version"
> should be a global option (logically at least, whatever the implementation
> details).

I totally agree.  I've always hated *both* cvs and svn in this regard.

Let's fix it!

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