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Re: Compressed text-base patch

From: Eric Dorland <eric.dorland_at_mail.mcgill.ca>
Date: 2003-04-28 03:49:20 CEST

* junkio@cox.net (junkio@cox.net) wrote:
> >>>>> "ED" == Eric Dorland <eric.dorland@mail.mcgill.ca> writes:
>
> ED> After a few weeks of work on and off, here's my first stab at a
> ED> compressed text-base patch.
>
> Out of curiosity, what motivates you to compress text-base in
> the first place? Is it to save disk space for the working copy?

Yes, this is exactly the motivation.
 
> Since compressed text-base would make it slower to run working
> copy operations like "svn diff", this approach would rely on an
> assumption that most of the time, most of the files checked out
> into the working copy are not modified, especially in a large
> project where it matters. And I think it is a valid assumption.

As do I.

> If that assumption holds, however, I wonder if it would be
> simpler just to make checked-out files read-only by default, and
> make text-base hardlinks to them. This would further save the
> client side diskspace. Perhaps you can add a new command "svn
> edit" that breaks the hardlink and make the working copy file
> writable.

Yes well i think this is somewhat inconvenient. I prefer this solution
since it is perfectly transparent to the user. Your's would save more
disk space, but be much more intrusive to people's habits and work
flow.

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