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Re: What do you Hate about Subversion?

From: Martin Tomes <lists_at_tomes.org>
Date: 2007-01-18 10:24:56 CET

Keng Lam wrote:
> Have been using Subversion for a while now, love it in many ways but
> there are some quirks that
> bother me every now and then. It would be fun to know what other
> Subversion users think,
> what are the things that you hate, you wish could be changed ?

There is no workable way to pull code together from components which are
distributed across the repository (like CVS modules file or checking out
from multiple places into a single directory). Externals are difficult
to work with because they are absolute and many Subversion operations do
not traverse the external point. Switching an empty directory to a
different repository location totally screws up branching and merging
when those empty folders are switched because if you have anything
within the working copy switched you cannot switch at the top level -
especially if you have non version controlled files in the switched
directories. When I get time I am going to do some experiments and post
a proper explanation of these problems.

I know these are difficult issues but they are important. We need method
of assembling a working copy from multiple repository locations which
can be branched and merged (it will need supporting scripts).

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Martin Tomes
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