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SVN Questions

From: Rusty Koonce <RKoonce_at_acclaim.com>
Date: 2004-01-16 17:46:10 CET

Hello Subversion Team!

First, I want to say how excited and pleased I am over the progress made
with Subversion. I have been a long time CVS fan and user, but I'm finally
happy to find and switch to a true "compelling replacement". :)

I am a developer in the game industry. We have a need to keep track of
hundreds of megabytes (or perhaps even gigabytes) of binary data as well as
source code. I know Subversion handles binary files extremely well;
however, one critical feature which I don't seem to see is the ability to
setup certain files (or even entire repositories) on a reserved checkout
(lock-modify-unlock) scheme. For source code this obviously isn't what you
want, but for most of our binary assets (textures, sound files, animation
files, etc) it is exactly what we want. So my question is:

-- Can you setup specific files/directories/repositories for use with a
lock-modify-unlock check-out scheme? Ideally this would mean an update or
check out of such files would give a read-only copy and some sort of edit
command be available to lock and retrieve and read/write copy (assuming no
other editors and file is up-to-date, etc). Providing similar functionality
to cvs edit, cvs editors, cvs unedit.

My current employer uses VSS (I know!). Management often sees things a
little differently than developers; as such, a VSS database converter and a
GUI have very high priority with them as well. I know the GUI situation is
not under your control, but I did also want to stress the importance of a
VSS converter. I hope you guys will devote some [more] resources to it.


-Rusty Koonce

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