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Re: Storing unversioned files in a repository.

From: Branko ╚ibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2003-04-05 03:45:51 CEST

Wolf Josef wrote:

>brane@xbc.nu wrote:
>>I'm not rejecting the feature out of hand, bu I am seriously
>>questioning its usefulness.
>>[ ... ]
>>During 3 years on that project, I never saw a single
>>instance of using an unversioned file that doesn't already
>>have a counterpart in Subversion. The one feature we
>>actually are missing are unversioned properties
>Unversioned properties would probably solve the two
>use cases I brought into discussion. But I think it would
>be a lot more difficult to implement them.

It'd certainly be difficult, but I can't say at this point if it would
be more difficult than unversioned files or not. I've given thought to
the one, but not the other, so I can't compare. My feeling is that the
complexity is about the same, though.

> How efficient
>would it be to store a changelog (which can get pretty
>large) into a property?

That wouldn't be very efficient, at least not with our current
implementation of properties. But I was thinking of unversioned
properties (or something that behaved like them) for storing ACLs in the
filesystem, not for storing large amounts of data.

>>If someone can describe a use case that clearly requires
>>unversioned files, I'd be interested to hear it.
>I am not sure how such unversioned properties would look
>like. It does not really make a big difference where the
>data is stored. OTOH, properties are always attached to
>a file or directory, aren't they?. So you would need an
>empty file to attach the property?

Oh, you could attach such a property to the root directory of your
branch, for example. You wouldn't have to create a file for it.

Brane ╚ibej   <brane_at_xbc.nu>   http://www.xbc.nu/brane/
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