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RE: Using Dropbox to hold local repository?

From: Bob Archer <Bob.Archer_at_amsi.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:13:01 +0000

Is there a question here? If it is

"Should I put my svn repository in a dropbox (or other sync service folder)?"

The answer is a resounding NO!

There are several hosting providers on line that will provide you with free, private SVN repository hosting. I suggest you go that route. For backups you can use svnrdump and put the dump into your dropbox. This way, if your svn hosts dies or whatever you have your repository backed up.


From: Everett, Louis [mailto:leverett_at_utep.edu]
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:11 AM
To: users_at_tortoisesvn.tigris.org
Subject: Using Dropbox to hold local repository?

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.

Louis J. Everett
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Texas at El Paso


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