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Re: Repository side linking ("Share" feature)

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2004-12-06 19:00:36 CET

Adrian Wilkins wrote:

>Introduction :
>I'm a Win32 / VB developer with a 5 year experience of Visual
>SourceSafe. My experience with *nix is limited. I like the looks of
>Subversion, particularly in light of some particularly horrible
>experiences with SourceSafe losing history.
>One feature that I'm missing though, is the feature that SS calls
>"Share" (and implicitly, it's compadré "Pin").
What really bugs me about VSS's "share" feature is that it works on
individual files, but not on directories. In my simple-minded, plodding
way, I expected exactly the opposite -- after all, you'd usually want to
share _components_ -- which I tend to translate to "several files in
their own directory (tree)" -- not individual files. But I freely admit
to being too stupid to understand the design decisions that produced VSS.

That said, in-repository symbolic links (a replacement for
svn:externals) would certainly be welcome; *but* I don't think they can
happen before 2.0. In order to work correctly, an libsvn_wc rewrite is
also necessary (e.g., the WC must "know" when two files refer to the
same repoitory object). But then, almost everything depends on a
libsvn_wc rewrite... :-(

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Received on Mon Dec 6 19:02:48 2004

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