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Re: Newbie question

From: Ulrich Eckhardt <ulrich.eckhardt_at_dominolaser.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:09:54 +0200

On Wednesday 06 July 2011, Javier Fernández wrote:
> [...] I want to keep the files inside a removable device, which
> would be mounted only when I want to use the documents. I don't
> remember what error did it cause, but I remember it caused errors...
> is there a way to do it?
> P.S: the repository and the work copies will be stored in the same
> removable device, which I would mount on my machine.

There are two issues that come to mind:
1. I think there are issues with repositories or working copies on FAT
filesystems. This should be documented though, but I'm too lazy to look
myself. ;)

2. Every working copy has internally a record of the repository URL. If the
drive letter assigned to the device differs, so does the repository URL,
obviously. You will need to use "relocate" to inform the working copy of the
changed repository URL.

3. Working copies and repositories are not intended to be portable generally.
If you only have similar OSs, it should work though. However, you need to pay
attention to the SVN client versions, too. Accessing a WC created with SVN 1.4
from a 1.6 client works. However, the 1.6 client will perform an automatic
update so afterwards, accessing that WC from a 1.4 client won't work! Since
you have the repository with you anyways, you can easily check out another
working copy though.

4. I won't go into this, but thumb drives are easily stolen/lost/broken and
SVN can't safe you from all this. Make sure you have a backup and recovery
strategy in place!

Good luck!

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