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Sharing modules across projects - will this work?

From: Jacob Norda <Jacob_Norda_at_Trimble.com>
Date: 2004-11-24 23:02:35 CET

Contemplating switching to Subversion, but want to confirm that I can
really do what I'm about to outline:
 
We have a shared "core" module which is used by many projects. The core
is essentially the same across, but development of it happens within a
given project. This means that changes need to be somewhat controlled
and that frequent merges needs to happen across projects or we run into
a lot of problems with features/bugs not fixed in all projects.
 
Historically we've used CVS and had a branch for each project in the
core module. This lead to a lot of headaches, mostly relating to
insufficient merging, difficulty branching (they need to go across the
entire project which consists of multiple modules), need to use
batch-files to control the checkout for a given project etc etc (we've
tried aliases, but it gets messy when we start tagging & branching).
 
With Subversion I'm under the impression that I can have the following
setup:
 
The "main" core module would have it's own directory:
 
\core\trunk\...
 
The project would branch the core _into_ it's own directory:
 
myproject\trunk\core\...
 
(the myproject\trunk\ also contains all the project-specific code)
 
Then when the project-based core-changes need to be merged back, we'd
merge _from_ the project _to_ the core:
 
merge myproject\trunk\core\... => core\trunk\...
 
The branch would then be deleted:
 
del myproject\trunk\core\...
 
The main core would then be tagged:
 
tag core\trunk\... => core\tags\CORE_X_Y_MYPROJECT
 
and subsequently branched out to the project:
 
branch core\tags\CORE_X_Y_MYPROJECT\... => myproject\trunk\core\...
 
 
This way, the project contains it's own copy of the core and it can be
branched and tagged just as normal, but we also have a controlled way of
sharing the module through backmerging.
 
Will this work? Is it the "right" way of doing it, or should we be doing
it another way?
 
Thanks
Jacob
 
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