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Re: A simple (?) suggestion from a svn fan :)

From: Paul Lussier <pll_at_lanminds.com>
Date: 2003-02-24 21:52:47 CET

In a message dated: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 20:52:33 +0100
"SteveKing" said:

>But Subversion has properties. Now the 'main' file (I guess this
>would be the one with the actual text in it) would be the 'normal'
>file Subversion would use, all other files would just be properties
>of that file (ok, very big properties, but that wouldn't be a problem).
>> - create a subdir for each new OO file
>> - extract the archive into that directory
>> - add all the files to svn
>> - commit with an appropriate log message
>> - commit the archive with the original message

>That would become:
>- create subdir for the OO file
>- extract the archive into that subdir
>- add the main file to svn
>- add all other files as properties to the main file
>- move that file up one folder
>- commit
>- svn writes such a file to the wc
>- extract all OO properties to the
> original OO files
>- gzip them

Huh. Why didn't I think of that? :) What a great idea, and *very*
creative use of props!

Of course, there is one wrinkle :(

Not only is an OO document an archive of files, but there is a
directory within that archive. Here's what I get when I unzip
(note 'unzip', *not* gunzip/gzip -d !!!)

$ unzip -l itd.sxw
Archive: itd.sxw
  Length Date Time Name
 -------- ---- ---- ----
       27 02-24-03 18:53 layout-cache
    30576 02-24-03 18:53 content.xml
    38491 02-24-03 18:53 styles.xml
     1335 02-24-03 18:53 meta.xml
     6926 02-24-03 18:53 settings.xml
      850 02-24-03 18:53 META-INF/manifest.xml
 -------- -------
    78205 6 files

Sooooo, we also have to account for a subdir of the newly created
subdir. I'm not sure how you would do that. Well, actually, maybe
we could just 'svn propset DIR/file-name' for each file in each subdir
(I'm assuming that the intention behind having the META-INF dir is to
contain more than one file, and that this use of subdirs could

So, the properties on each 'main' file would end up looking like:

        svn proplist foo.sxw

That seems perfectly do-able. Maybe I'll code this up in my
"copious spare time" this week :)

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