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.svn directories considered harmful :-).

From: Thomas A. Horsley <tom.horsley_at_att.net>
Date: 2004-02-25 04:11:30 CET

As a potential new user reading about subversion for the first time, I was
immediately struck by what an incredibly bad idea the .svn directories seem
to be. Wouldn't they be safer if I could do something like set an
environment variable named (perhaps) SNV_ROOT and then have the .svn
directories created under the SVN_ROOT directory tree instead of directly in
my working copy?

My work area is where I live all the time, where I fat finger commands,
where I run perl scripts to automatically edit all the files in the
directory tree, etc. With the .svn directories mixed in with my work area, I
have to constantly be on guard. With them off in a separate parallel
directory tree, I'm much less likely to do something stupid to them. Having
the .svn directories in my work area seems a lot like logging in as root all
the time :-).

Just 2 cents from the first impressions of someone who knows nothing about
subversion except what he read in the book the last couple of days.

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