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Re: [Subclipse-users] Branching/Tagging Multiple Files?

From: Jack Repenning <jrepenning_at_collab.net>
Date: 2007-08-09 20:20:40 CEST

On Aug 9, 2007, at 11:09 AM, Chris Spencer wrote:

> How do you branch/tag multiple files at one time? The
> Team->Branch/Tag... option is only enabled when a single file or
> folder
> is selected. Is there a reason for that?

Well, yeah: that's how Subversion itself works. A branch or tag is a
copy of a complete directory tree: it captures the topology as well
as the data, and the unchanged files as well as the changes.
Typically, you copy / branch / tag "trunk". There's really no way in
Subversion to express the idea of a branch or tag applied to some
arbitrary scattering of files.

On the plus side, Subversion copies are cheap ... *really* cheap, in
repository disk space, network bandwidth, time to make the copy,
runtime overhead once the copy's made, pretty much every which way.
So making a copy/branch/tag of your whole tree for benefit of a
single file doesn't really cost you any more than it would to branch
just the one file. If you could. Which, really, you can't.

Jack Repenning
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