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

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at red-bean.com
Wed Jan 3 15:00:41 CST 2007

Malte Helmert wrote:
> cmpilato wrote:
>> +    <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>
> That shouldn't be "ampersand" there, as ampersand = "&"
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampersand).
> According to Wikipedia, the "@" is called "at sign", "at symbol",
> "commercial at", "at", or "ampersat"
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_sign). I'd steer clear of the last one
> though, because the similarity to "ampersand" is quite confusing.
> Malte

Yeah, sussman pointed this out in IRC, too.  I dunno why, by I keep
making this same mistake.  Thanks for noticing.

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at red-bean.com>

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.  It has
 been found difficult; and left untried."  -- G. K. Chesterton

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