a thoroughly disruptive suggestion for the book

Ben Collins-Sussman sussman at red-bean.com
Fri Jun 12 06:02:34 CDT 2009

I agree as well, but I want to point out that not everyone says
'repo'.  In the early days, everyone said 'repos' as it if it were
singular... that's why the svn library is named libsvn_repos ("the
repository library"), not libsvn_repo.  :-)

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 1:27 PM, C. Michael Pilato<cmpilato at red-bean.com> wrote:
> 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.
> --
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