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RE: Overlay for out-of-date, 'normal' files

From: Simon Berry <simon.berry_at_andromeda-telematics.com>
Date: 2007-05-23 15:50:21 CEST

>> I would like to know if it is possible for tortoisesvn to check the
server for updates, but NOT download the latest updates - only display a
different overlay if the file is 'out-of-date'.

>> At present, my working copy has a 'normal' overlay, even if the server has
a more recent version of the file. I can perform a 'check for modifications'
command, but this lists the out-of-date file in a dialog - and I would
prefer this to cause an overlay change.

>Simon, think what you're asking here. Subversion/TortoiseSVN is designed to
work offline without a permanent connection to the server. Communication
with the server is only initiated upon user request.

>To display such an overlay icon would require TortoiseSVN to poll the server
in regular intervals, which is IMHO not a good idea.

>If you want to be informed about changes to the repository, install a
post-commit hook, that sends an e-mail, an IM message or updates a rss feed.
What's so bad about using the "check for updates" dialog?

>About additional overlay icons read: http://tortoisesvn.net/node/3

Lübbe, Andy

As a bit of background to my original question, we are using subversion to version large database files (>300MB). Subversion works beautifully - but the updates do take a while.

For this reason it would be nice for our users have an automatic visual of the files that are out of date - so they can decide if they want/need to update them. The checking process does not have to happen regularly (say on startup & once per hour).

We find, especially with new users that they assume a 'field of green ticks' means that everything is up to date. I understand this is a matter of properly educating the users, but this can sometimes take a while to sink in (our users are not programmers / highly skilled / highly intelligent).

Thanks for the help and explanations.


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Received on Wed May 23 15:50:36 2007

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