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RE: Am thinking of using subversion as a general purpose filing s ystem

From: <andy.glew_at_amd.com>
Date: 2004-03-31 21:03:33 CEST

> Have you considered using SVK instead of SVN? (It adds
> arch-style distribution and merging to the SVN filesystem)

Thanks, Brad, Adrian, I had not heard of SVK before.

Hmmm.... mind if I run some comments by you,
and ask a question or two?

(1) are you using SVK?

(2) is SVK purely a layer on top of SVN?

I.e. can other SVN users keeep using SVN while
I connect to their repository using SVK?

(This is implied, but not clearly stated, in the
SVK pages I have browsed.)

(2) SVK suffers what may be, for me, Subversion's fatal
flaw: it cannot run on an NFS filesystem. Since SVK is
built on top of SVN, it depends on filesystems that
support POSIX style locking. I'm pretty sure that means
no NFS, but I suspect that it also means that using
SVK or SVN under CYGWIN/NTFS is not acceptable.

Do you know if this is true?

Although I can put my home archive on ExtFS, I really
want to be able to have an archive on whatever filesystem I
find myself on, on my laptop, on whatever disk space
people have thrown at me. That means CYGWIN/NTFS and
NFS, occasionally AFS. So far as I know, SVN doesn't
run on these.

(In case it isn't clear: I want to be able to have
the version control repository (replicated) on any of
these filesystems. I know that you can run the client
anywhere.)

(3) I find depending on a database annoying,
requiring a new backup discipline. But I understand
the reasons for a database; I like databases myself.
They just up the sysadmin workload.

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