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VSS to SVN...

From: Early Ehlinger <earlye_at_respower.com>
Date: 2004-02-15 04:35:53 CET

Finally, a source-control system with a feature compelling enough to
justify the headache of switching from the closed-source Visual Source
Safe (multi-file commits)! Kudos to the entire SVN team! A fabulous
piece of work.

I only have one minor question...

In VSS I was able to set up files that were "shared," which is similar to
the SVN concept of copy-via-hardlink. The difference is that as the
original file is updated, the shared-version keeps pace, whereas an SVN
copy-via-hardlink file retains the "old" version.

Does the same functionality exist in SVN, and I'm simply missing it?

FYI, I've only found one practical use for this in VSS, but it's something
that I've come to rely on:

I've got a Borland C++ Builder library that I maintain. In BCB, the
resource describing a GUI form is stored in a .dfm file that gets linked
into the .exe. I've got a generic About dialog in this library, which a
number of other applications use, and its .dfm is set up via VSS to always
appear in a bin folder, even though the source for the dialog is in the
source folder. This way the clients of the library link against the .dfm
without having to add the source folder to their search path (which would
introduce other problems). If BCB had a decent project manager, I would
simply add a post-build step that copies the .dfm to the right place.
Alas, though BCB doesn't, which is why I've been relying on the VSS

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