a thoroughly disruptive suggestion for the book

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at red-bean.com
Thu Jun 11 13:27:50 CDT 2009

Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>   i'm sure that this suggestion is going to get laughed off the
> mailing list but, when i first started reading the book so many moons
> ago, i was perpetually confused by the reference to, say:
>   http://svn.example.com:9834/repos
>                               ^^^^^
> i kept reading "repos" as the *plural* of "repo" when, clearly, it's
> meant to refer to a *single* repository.  but because *everyone* i
> know (including everyone on the svn ML) *always* abbreviates
> repository as "repo", what about making that global change throughout
> all of the URLs?
>   i told you you wouldn't like it.  but, seriously, "repos" has the
> potential for real confusion for beginners.  just my $0.02.

This isn't the first time someone has made this point, and for what it's
worth, I agree.  I'd rather the book just assume that folks will have more
than one repository, and use examples that have /svn as a parent directory
(or service name, if you will), and /svn/project or /svn/projectN as the
repositories -- just avoid the whole repo/repos thing altogether.

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at red-bean.com> | http://cmpilato.blogspot.com/

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