[svnbook commit] r2594 - branches/ora-2e-reorg/src/en/book

cmpilato noreply at red-bean.com
Wed Jan 3 12:24:55 CST 2007

Author: cmpilato
Date: Wed Jan  3 12:24:55 2007
New Revision: 2594


* src/en/book/ch-advanced-topics.xml
  (Peg and Operative Revisions): Finish ticket #13, adding a notation
    about the at-syntax escaping mechanism.

Modified: branches/ora-2e-reorg/src/en/book/ch-advanced-topics.xml
--- branches/ora-2e-reorg/src/en/book/ch-advanced-topics.xml	(original)
+++ branches/ora-2e-reorg/src/en/book/ch-advanced-topics.xml	Wed Jan  3 12:24:55 2007
@@ -244,6 +244,23 @@
       working copy paths, and of <literal>HEAD</literal> when applied
       to URLs.</para>
+    <para>The perceptive reader is probably wondering at this point if
+      the peg revision syntax causes problems for working copy paths
+      or URLs that actually have ampersand characters in them.  After
+      all, how does <command>svn</command> know whether
+      <literal>news at 11</literal> is the name of a directory in my
+      tree, or just a syntax for <quote>revision 11 of
+      <filename>news</filename></quote>?  Thankfully, while
+      <command>svn</command> will always assume the latter, there is a
+      trivial workaround.  You need only append an ampersand to the
+      end of the path, such as <literal>news at 11@</literal>.
+      <command>svn</command> only cares about the last ampersand in
+      the argument, and it is not considered illegal to omit a literal
+      peg revision specifier after that ampersand.  This workaround
+      even applies to paths that end in an ampersand—you would
+      use <literal>filename@@</literal> to talk about a file named
+      <filename>filename@</filename>.</para>
     <para>Let's ask the other question, then—in revision 1, what
       were the contents of whatever file occupied the address
       <filename>concepts/IDEA</filename> at the time?  We'll use an

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