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[Subclipse-users] Eclipse workspace on flash drive

From: Steve Cohen <scohen_at_javactivity.org>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 09:57:43 -0500

I find myself in a very unusual situation.

I am compelled to work from home for my large corporate employer because
of various firewall restrictions. I am developing an application that
interfaces to an instant messaging service which are normally blocked by
corporate firewall. Our security bureaucracy is formidable and it's
easier for me to just work from home, using my home PC (running Linux)
and connecting via VPN to the corporate LAN on a company laptop running
Windows.

I do the lion's share of development work in an Eclipse installation on
the home Linux PC. When I want to commit to/update from SVN I have to
use the company laptop since connecting through SVN from the Linux PC
obviously won't fly.

This gives me the problem of keeping it all in synch. My original
scheme used SAMBA and Windows Explorer to see both computers and look
for new files to copy in both directions. Obviously not foolproof and
increasingly cumbersome as the application has expanded.

I hit upon the scheme of using a flash drive, placing my eclipse
workspace there, doing my dev work with the flash drive connected to the
Linux box, and then, when it comes time to interface with SVN, moving
the flash drive to the laptop and synching up. This works except for
one thing which is annoying but non-fatal, apparently: svn gives me all
these console messages about not being able to find various .svn files
with pathnames like /media/disk/workspace..., when it is expecting to
find its files at E:\workspace... I say these are non-fatal because,
even though the comparsions to the repository don't work show up
correctly before checkin in Eclipse, svn itself still appears to
correctly see the differences, and after files are committed, the
history corrects itself and comparisons work as expected.

I thought of creating a symbolic link on the linux box ln -s
/media/disk/workspace /workspace and loading the Eclipse workspace as a
symbolic link but it's no use.

Is there some solution to this that I'm unaware of, and also, are there
any risks I'm not thinking of in continuing to use this setup?

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