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Re: [PROPOSAL] Managing large working copies using viewspecs

From: Branko ─îibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2006-07-17 21:38:39 CEST

Martin Furter wrote:
>
> That would be a nice feature. With it i could reduce my working copies
> to about 7% of the size.
>
> I would also prefer '**' but i could live with '...' too.
>
> The 'reaorganisation feature' sounds a bit confusing, I guess I
> wouldn't use it (and we already reorganized our source tree).
>
> It would be nice if the URL could be added to the viewspec. Then a
> checkout would look like that:
>
> svn checkout --viewspec svn://server/svn/views/my-view.txt
I missed the beginning of this discussion ... but is someone seriously
suggesting that we add a ClearCase-like view specification feature to
Subversion?

From my experience with viewspecs in ClearCase, they're a powerful, but
horribly complicated and overengineered method for defining passive and
active configurations. They're also next to impossible to understand
(for the average developer, that is).

Surely we can come up with a better and simpler way of doing things? For
example, in-repository symbolic links (sort of like externals, but
server-side) could be used to create custom collections of files and
directories. Combined with a sensible repository layout, you'd get most
of the nice features of a viewspec, none of the bad ones, and the whole
thing would be a _lot_ easier to use and understand.

-- Brane

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