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Subversion good for DPT?

From: Karl Kuehn <larkost_at_softhome.net>
Date: 2003-08-01 15:37:22 CEST

        I apologize if this is dumb question, but I work supporting a group of
users that include a number of graphics artists, and I was wondering if
anyone had any thoughts about using a versioning system in such an

        The reasons I am thinking it might be a good idea is that we can have
multiple people working on different files in a collection at the same
time, for example one person working on a Quark document while another
touches up some of the images that are referenced from the other. And
at times we need to have the same document open on two machines (one
for modification and one for printing). Right now we are using a fiel
server to do this, but at times it would be much faster if everyone had
their own local copies, but syncing everything by had can be a pain,
especially with graphics artists (not necessarily the most organized
        My thought was that I could script a check-out in the morning, and a
check-in in the evening. I am also thinking of writing a small
GUI/script to allow them to check-in at various points in the day. This
would give us fairly up-to-date copies of the projects on each computer
without a lot of intervention by me, and a way of retrieving older
versions in case something got corrupted (a real nuisance with Quark).

        My biggest concern is that we are talking about project folders that
can be 10+ Gigabytes, and since things are going into a database this
is likely to get a bit bigger than that. I was wondering if anyone has
any experience with this. Most likely the files that will change will
only be a few ones, each in the 250MB range, and for one of the users
around fifteen < 20 MB files. I was wondering if Subversion stores
everything as diffs, and also if anyone has experience with Photoshop
and Quark files interacting with Subversion.

        If anyone has any experience in this I would love to hear from you.

                Karl Kuehn

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