I noticed a regression in subversion-1.7.7 such that when you do a svn status, and you use external repositories (which we do a lot). The paths reported by status have become absolute and its quite cluttered when you bury your work in a lot of directories.
I contacted Bert in #svn (freenode) and he pointed me at r1434750 on the trunk which fixes the behaviour, and applies cleanly against 1.7.7. He has suggested they backport to a future 1.7.x release, but I figured we might add the patch until that happens?
Created attachment 336150 [details, diff]
patches 1.7.7 to prevent absolute paths in svn status with externals
Patch still required and applies cleanly to 1.7.9, any chance of a -r1?
If the output is very important to you, I would suggest epatch_user, it is documented here:
As a general rule of thumb we try to follow what upstream does unless there is an issue. While I personally agree with your preference, I think it is better to simply track upstream and not diverge.
I've already long had the patch in a local overlay, just thought it might help others. I understand that it would get to be a management nightmare if you had to maintain anything but the absolutely necessary patches.