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Re: Why are branches real directories?!?!?!

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-04-02 19:13:41 CEST

"Jean-Luc Wasmer" <jl.subversion@wasmer.ca> writes:

> Why isn't the branch concept fully implemented?

Pretty judgemental statement there. :-)

> IMHO, copying to a new directory a part of the repository to create a branch
> is BAD (even if it's cheap). It reminds me one time I _had_ to use VSS in a
> project.

You realize the branch directories don't actually take any extra
space, right? This is the way Perforce and other systems do branches.

> Having the same file system tree when switching between revisions or
> branches avoids changing paths in make files, configuration files, etc...

Read about 'svn switch'. Your working copy paths don't need to change
at all, yet different parts of your working copy can come from
different branches.

Also note that you can do access-control on svn branches, which is
impossible in CVS. A big win.

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