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On-Demand Checkout?

From: Geoffrey Plitt <geoff_at_gweb.org>
Date: 2006-11-23 02:33:11 CET

Hello,

I'm the guy that suggested the non-recursive switch (-N) which several
subversion commands support. I'd like to suggest a new switch that I think
will be much more useful.

This switch could be called "On-Demand" or "Structure-Only" or "Folders
Only". Essentially, it does a checkout, building the working copy's folder
structure and .svn folders correctly, but simply doesn't download the files
for those folders. It's as if a full checkout was performed, and then the
content files were all deleted, but the folder structure of the entire tree
remained intact.

This is very useful for large trees; the whol repo can be checked out, and
then if you want to get the contents of a particular folder, you just do
"SVN UP" in that folder, and it will grab the missing files.

I think this would be much more useful than the existing "-N" switch. What
do you guys think? Any possibility of this getting implemented? I got really
lucky way back when the -N switch was implemented, because you guys
implemented it in less than a week! What are the chances of this happening
again?

Please copy your replies to geoff@gweb.org

-G
Received on Thu Nov 23 02:33:26 2006

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