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Re: svn modules (was Re: Features and release dates)

From: Nicklas Larsson <kilsmo_at_lysator.liu.se>
Date: 2002-05-02 00:07:14 CEST

On Wed, 1 May 2002, Eric Gillespie wrote:

> Karl Fogel <kfogel@newton.ch.collab.net> writes:
>
> > Actually, modules just got a whole lot closer. See recent changes to
> >
> > http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=517
> >
> > Anyone feel like taking it on?
>
> A co-worker and i have been kicking around the idea of writing code
> for symlinks in the repository for internal use (we're anxious to
> dump CVS :). We would of course contribute the patch, but i figured
> you wouldn't take it until after 1.0. Since it sounds like you
> might, let me describe the approach we were planning and see what
> you think.
>
> I don't like the text-file based modules. CVS does that and it
> drives me nuts. Subversion doesn't really need to duplicate this
> feature. All that is necessary is a kind of symlink in the repo.
> Clients don't even know that something is a link; they see only a
> file or directory (whatever the link points to). We'll probably
> want some way for the client to discover if a node is a link or
> not (the user might want to know for example), but under normal
> operation the client neither knows nor cares.
>
> Let's look at how this would work:
>
> svn co http://foo/repo/trunk/foo/
> cd foo
> svn ln http://foo/repo/trunk/doctools/ .
> svn ci
> svn up # at this point the doctools directory becomes populated
>
> # How many copies of the GPL do you have in your CVS repo? :)
> svn ln http://foo/repo/trunk/licenses/BSD COPYING
>
> When committing to a link, the client behaves as it always has.
> But the ra layer knows this is a link and performs the action on
> the link target.
>
> This is more general-purpose and much more flexible than modules.
> What does everyone think?

If I do not want to use doctools main trunk version, but a bug fixed and
stable version (tagged with DOCTOOLS_STABLE), how should I create the link
then?

// Nicklas Larsson

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