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Partial branching

From: Austin Bingham <abingham_at_spamcop.net>
Date: 2004-04-29 16:27:49 CEST

I've done some looking around, but haven't found a definitive answer to
this question. Basically, we're looking for a way to make, at least
notionally, a partial branch. That is, we want to create a branch for only
a few files in our project. However, we want for all of the other files in
the project to remain "shared" between the original and the branch. That
is, changes made to shared file from either point of view (branch or
original) would be reflected in the other. Changes made to non-shared
files should remain isolated to the particular branch on which they were

It seems that we can achieve some of this effect using external
definitions. Basically, we'd have a directory containing all common code
and one directory for each branch (containing just the branched stuff).
Then, we could use dummy/proxy directories with external defs that
associate the correct brached code with the shared code.

In any case, I hope I've communicated what we're trying to accomplish.
Really, I'm trying to avoid the need to do manual change propagation in
situations when I know that certain files in the branches should always
stay synchronized. Any thought or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Austin Bingham

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