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RE: Re: Single file externals plan

From: Nico Schellingerhout <nico.schellingerhout_at_philips.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 20:21:32 +0200

"Geoff Rowell" <Geoff.Rowell_at_varolii.com> wrote on 04/23/2008 03:08:24 PM:

> On Tuesday, April 22, 2008 2:18 PM Karl Fogel wrote:
> >Blair Zajac <blair_at_orcaware.com> writes:
> >> Here's my current thinking on behavior and implementation.
> >>
> >> - Support only intra-repository file externals. This will allow the
> >> svn client to effectively do a 'touch foo; svn add foo; svn switch
> URL
> >> foo' to have a external in the wc (those actual commands only work in
> >> a 1.5 client). So unlike a directory external, the .svn/entries file
> >> has entries for file externals. This is needed for supporting all
> the
> >> client commands on a file. I don't see modifying the existing
> >> directory behavior.
> >
> > Before implementing this, it might be good to find out how often
> people
> > use intra-repository externals at all. My guess (uneducated,
> anecdotal,
> > etc) is: not much. Certainly most of the externals I set are coming
> > from other repositories...
>
> I believe that this depends upon your repository project layout. Those
> who utilize the multiple projects in a single repository layout will
> tend
> to have intra-repository externals. Others who utilize the single
> project
> in multiple repositories layout will tend to have inter-repository
> externals.
>
> Overall, most of us probably have a mixed layout.

Indeed. Single-file link support has been on our wish list for
some time, but we have use for inter- as well as intra-repo
links. That would simplify some of our more involved repo layouts
significantly.

Is there are a pressing reason to limit these links to
intra-repository only?

- Nico
Received on 2008-04-23 20:21:59 CEST

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