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Branching Visual Studio solution and project files

From: rick bolkey <tigris_at_bolkey.org>
Date: 2004-02-05 16:27:42 CET

Hi all,

I couldn't find any information in the archives, but I was wondering if
there were any opinions out there on the best way to manage branching when
dealing with solutions and projects from Visual Studio. Specifically when
you have a solution with multiple projects where you just want to branch
one project. Here's what came to my mind at least:

1) Store branched project along with branched solution that references the
trunk projects and the branched project. This is what I've been doing,
and I feel it's a little clumsy.

My local checkout is a near mirror of the repository:
/solution/trunk/project and /solution/branches/branch/project. And a
solution file in the latter location would reference a project in the

2) The better solution I've been thinking about: Checkout the projects
and the solution individually. Keep the solution file the same with the
branched project in the system path where trunk project was. But will the
branched project somehow alter the solution? I've been using TortoiseSVN,
and I don't think I can check out a specific file. Checking out the
location of the solution file would check out all the project folders?

I just wanted to see if anyone had any opinions, experience, or ideas.
But it's not like a major headache.

Many thanks,

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