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Re: RFE: new kind of unversioned files

From: <fkater_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 08:14:03 +0200

Max Bowsher:

> I find it hard to accept that, having decided to use a
> version control system at all, disk space can be at such a
> premium that it is worth sacrificing the ability to roll
> back to previous versions.

Yes, disk space is not the main point -- however, it hurts a
bit if repeated releases of 3rd party's software (in our
case) leads to repeated updates of this branch by 50 MB each
time, with 95% stuff we do not need (but no chance to know
it in advance). So, a simple 'overwrite feature' would be
nice to have.

> I don't buy the argument about "disabling the feature of
> using older versions" - simply not updating allows for
> that.

I agree, however, one might see it from this view:

(a) Isn't it the average case that in large trees people do
not need version control for 100% of the files?

(b) Wouldn't it be useful e.g. for programmers to include
binary libraries (DLLs, whatever) into the repository (without
version control!) to pass the latest version only to the
others without forcing them to build the libraries?

(c) Why not use the ability of file centralization and
distribution which comes along with subversion separately
from version management.

I am not a subversion programmer but believe that an
'overwrite' feature could be realized by some kind of

Thanks again!


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Received on 2008-05-07 09:15:35 CEST

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