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Re: On-Demand Checkout?

From: David Anderson <dave_at_natulte.net>
Date: 2006-11-23 04:25:03 CET


Your proposal is actually a subset of something that kfogel has
started implementing on a feature branch: the so-called
'incomplete-directories' feature. Basically, the working copy API
would let you set for each directory a depth parameter, indicating
whether the content should be retrieved or not. `svn checkout -N`
would then create an incomplete working copy using this API, and
enforce the facts like "svn update doesn't pull in all the repos".

While the projected UI is slightly different to what you propose, it
is essentially all there. The API would be much more flexible however
(it's been proposed that, in the long run, the UI for manipulating
this working copy depth could become a p4-style viewspec).

- Dave

On 11/22/06, Geoffrey Plitt <geoff@gweb.org> wrote:
> 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

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