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Re: Using Dropbox to hold local repository?

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:48:45 -0500

On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM, Everett, Louis <leverett_at_utep.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I'm using Windows 7 64bit. I have dropbox installed. I access files on the
> dropbox from 3 locations.
>
> I placed all my local repositories on the dropbox. I used tortoisesvn to
> create the repositories. Using all default options. I don't know enough to
> tell you if it is a FSFS or AFS or anything.
>
> The working directories are also on dropbox in a separate path from the
> archives.
>
> For about 6 months life was great and I used svn this way A LOT. Suddenly
> all of the archives are corrupted (I guess). The svn says the locations that
> it (repo-broswer) used to recognize as repository is not a repository.
>
>
>
> So I got online and read about places NOT to set up a repository. Only
> problem is, I don't understand the language sufficiently to know if these
> bad places apply to dropbox.
>
>
>
> I suspect they do but looking for confirmation before I proceed.
>
>
>
> Funny thing is it seems all the repositories became corrupt at the same time
> not just the two I had been using recently. I found that odd.
>
>
>
> Oh well, a sophisticated tool in the hands of an amateur is little better
> than a hammer. Bang bang bang.

Do not keep your repositories (or working copies for that matter) on
Dropbox. If you ever have a conflict between 2 computers' ideas about
what the "right" version is, you have to resolve it manually. With
other groups of files, it's not so hard. With a Subversion repository
or working copy, it could be a complete disaster.

Dropbox does keep older versions (accessible via the web interface).
It's not a replacement for Subversion, but depending on what you're
storing it may be good enough.

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