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Re: New idea for the checkout process

From: Robert Dailey <rcdailey_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 12:02:25 -0500

No opinions on this? I realize it's quite a big task but just curious as to
what everyone thinks, especially you Stefan.

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 4:50 PM, Robert Dailey <rcdailey_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey guys,
> I had an interesting idea for a new checkout process, I wanted to gather
> opinions on what you guys thought of this.
> I'm sure you have all seen the installers that allow you to customize the
> items that it places on your system. Not only that, but it allows you to
> customize *how* the item is installed on your system. For example, you can
> install 'Entire contents' or have it "Ask for CD" when that item is accessed
> and install on-demand. I believe the old MS Office installers did this.
> I'm thinking that this behavior maps well to Subversion checkouts. With the
> advent of sparse directories, this becomes ever more apparent. Right now to
> do complex sparse checkouts, especially at varying levels of the working
> copy tree, there are several steps involved. What if we provided a
> "Repository Browser" view of the desired checkout area, and within that
> tree, we applied a button in front of each node in the tree that gave custom
> options for checking out that particular item. For example, consider this
> tree:
> /my_project
> /code
> /c-plus-plus
> /c-sharp
> /art
> /documents
> In this case, I only want my checkout to look like this:
> /my_project
> /code
> /c-plus-plus
> /documents
> Everything else, I do not want. Additionally, I only want the immediate
> files of the /c-plus-plus directory, not fully recursive. Remember that
> combo box in the current checkout dialog that shows the depth for that item?
> Well this combo box would be what appears when you click the button next to
> each node in the tree. So, when I do my checkout, I tell it the path:
> svn://myrepo/my_project
> After that, I press a new button called "Customize Checkout" or "Sparse
> Checkout" or something along those lines. At that point in time, something
> similar to the Repo Browser appears, but without the list view on the right.
> Only a tree. To the left of the name of each node, there is a button, kind
> of like this:
> + [X] my_project
> |--+ [X] code
> | |--+ [X] c-plus-plus
> | |--+ [X] c-sharp
> |--+ [X] art
> |--+ [X] documents
> Please excuse the poor ascii art. In the above example, each [X] is a
> button. This button, when pressed, would cause a context menu to pop up with
> a few options. These options would essentially represent "Checkout depth":
> - Fully Recursive
> - Immediate children (including folders)
> - Only file children
> - Only this item
> - Exclude
> In this case, to get my desired working copy that I want, I would select
> "Exclude" for 'art' and "Exclude" for c-sharp. And since I only want
> c-plus-plus's files, I would select "Only file children" for it.
> When I press OK, and my checkout is being downloaded, I get only the exact
> structure I want in one convenient operation. I have attached a screenshot
> of the MS Office 2007 installer, which gives a good example of how the tree
> customization should look like. The button styles, of course, could be
> different and perhaps more compact.
> Let me know what you guys think.


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