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Re: Single file externals plan

From: Blair Zajac <blair_at_orcaware.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:23:11 -0700

Karl Fogel wrote:
> Blair Zajac <blair_at_orcaware.com> writes:
>> Here's my current thinking on behavior and implementation.
>> - Support only intra-repository file externals. This will allow the
>> svn client to effectively do a 'touch foo; svn add foo; svn switch URL
>> foo' to have a external in the wc (those actual commands only work in
>> a 1.5 client). So unlike a directory external, the .svn/entries file
>> has entries for file externals. This is needed for supporting all the
>> client commands on a file. I don't see modifying the existing
>> directory behavior.
> Before implementing this, it might be good to find out how often people
> use intra-repository externals at all. My guess (uneducated, anecdotal,
> etc) is: not much. Certainly most of the externals I set are coming
> from other repositories...

Unlike directory externals, I would think file externals will mostly be
intra-repository, such as you want to pull some config file. I can't think of
too many single-files you would want to pull from a foreign repository.
Anything more than a file or two you'd probably want to use a directory external
and then put symlinks pointing to the external files.


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Received on 2008-04-22 20:23:23 CEST

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