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WC / Repo Browser + Sparse Directories

From: Adam Sutton <dev_at_adamsutton.co.uk>
Date: 2007-07-08 13:51:34 CEST


I'm interested in how TortoiseSVN is going to interact with the new
sparse directories feature in 1.5?

I have seen a couple of posts on the topic, but nothing definitive.

What I am really after is something akin to the way VSS handle the
problem. Before you go on I am no VSS supporter, its just that I have
recently managed to convert the project I am working on from using VSS
to subversion. There is some interest from within the company as a whole
to switch to subversion if our little "expirement" goes well. However
there have been a few concerns expressed over some of the features
people regularly use in VSS that aren't currently available in SVN.

The main one I am coming up against at the moment is the way VSS allows
you to "checkout" a file and it will build the required directory
structure to that file as the client requires a Working Directory is

This currently isn't possible in SVN, however the sparse directory
support appears to go someway to resolving this. Unfortunately its a bit
too involved for some of our users, most of whom are not software devs
(and even some that are may struggle).

What I think would be really nice would be if TortoiseSVN implemented a
Working Copy Browser (I think this,
article is talking about something similar).

I think it would be nice if you could select "WC Browser" from within a
working copy and what you were presented with was a feature very similar
to Repo Browser, except the entry in the top selection bar would be a
local (working copy) folder. And the browser would display this folder
in the browser and everything below it. Users could then navigate
through the structure and select the directory / file they wish to
retrieve. TortoiseSVN would then make use of the sparse directory
support to get out all the required subdirectories.

I've not played with the sparse directories stuff yet, was my task for
later today, so not sure if this would mean that if a users select a
file they want they have to get ALL files in the directory?

Any ideas would be welcome,


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