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svn:externals and 'svn switch'

From: Simon Raess <cocoa_at_gmx.ch>
Date: 2004-03-15 00:35:52 CET


I have a project that I've split into several sub-components. Let's say
my project foo consists of
- foo-lib
- foo-core
- foo-cli

These sub-projects are pretty independent. They have trunk, branches
and tags directories. Now to build the whole project I'd like to have
the following directory structure:


where lib, core and cli are from the corresponding sub-projects. I know
that I can achieve exactly that with svn:externals. Let's say I define
svn:externals as follows:

lib http://svn.someserver.com/repos/foo-lib/trunk
core http://svn.someserver.com/repos/foo-core/trunk
cli http://svn.someserver.com/repos/foo-cli/trunk

That pretty much does what I want. Now let's say I start to work on my
foo-lib subproject. I create a new branch and switch my working copy
(the lib folder) to the new branch.

$ cd lib
$ svn cp http://svn.someserver.com/repos/foo-lib/trunk
$ svn switch http://svn.someserver.com/repos/foo-lib/branches/test

In the meantime some other developer commits some work on the parent
project foo. So I want to update my parent project. I do a svn update
and get his changes.

$ cd ..
$ svn update

But what happens now to my switched foo-lib subproject (the externals
definition still points to trunk). That's the result of the update.

Fetching external item into 'cli'
svn: Working copy 'cli/src' not locked

When I do an svn status now, I get:

! cli

Is this way of working with svn:externals and 'svn switch' possible? Do
I miss something? If it's not possible like this, how could I set up my

I want to use maven and it's reactor feature to build the project and
its sub-projects. Has anybody some experience with this kind of project

Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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