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Re: Space wasting

From: Mike Mason <mgm_at_thoughtworks.net>
Date: 2004-03-09 00:52:16 CET

Alvin Thompson wrote:

> ack, i got sidetracked. VS is just one of the problems fixed by
> compressing the folder. even if you dismiss that advantage the others
> are still there:
> * it prevents false hits using most 'file find' tools

Windows find ignores hidden folders by default. Unix guys have a million
clever things they could do to ignore directories. Do you have a bunch
of broken management scripts that you're worried about or something?

> * it prevents whining from fools who don't know how to configure their
> build scripts to ignore SVN directories

Ant already does this -- it's the only major build system I've got
experience with. I'd be willing to bet that "make" does the right thing too.

> * it saves space, even without compression or even over a 'perfect'
> file system

One of Subversion's design axioms is "disk space is cheap". Saving it
now is pointless.

> * it helps the tortoise SVN speed issues.

No, it really doesn't -- that's already been pointed out in this thread
(by someone laughing their arse off at your posting -- I have to admit I
giggled a bit).

> * it would be harder for people to accidentally hose the contents of
> their .svn directory, and subsequently their repositories/working
> copies. sometimes its best to keep the 'guts' of a product out of
> non-expert hands, lest they hurt themselves. that's why you need
> special tools to open the radium(?) casing in a fire detector. and
> thank goodness, because i bet i'm not the only one who tried taking on
> apart as a kid.

Working copies are cheap. If you fiddle with files stored in hidden
Subversion admin folders you might screw your working copy. You might do
it once. You probably won't do it again.


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Received on Tue Mar 9 00:53:10 2004

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