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Re: repos on a USB flash drive

From: Jonathan Leffler <jleffler_at_us.ibm.com>
Date: 2004-05-07 19:51:47 CEST

"Christian Wilcox" <cawilcox@charter.net> asked:
>I needed to synch files between work and home, so about a month ago I
>purchased a 256MB USB flash drive (sandisk mini cruzer). This has worked
>well, but without versioning. So I finally got around to installing
>subversion and wow - it seems like this current setup will have a great
>positive impact on my code/data management ability. Since I store a
>repository on the flash device, all I have to do is update when I get to
>work or home, and a commit before I leave.
>Has anyone else used a system like this, and if so - anything I should
>watch out for?

I was hoping to do this too, but in what is probably a more complicated
scenario - with MacOS X at home and either Win2K or Solaris/Sparc at work.
 The trouble is that, TTBOMK, the underlying Berkeley DB data files are
not architecture-neutral, so what works correctly on one of those
platforms is not guaranteed to work on any of the others.

If you have the same hardware at work and at home, then there's no obvious
reason why you'd run into problems as long as you are careful to keep
working copies properly updated.

(This is a theoretical response - I've not conducted the actual experiment
with SVN yet, though I do have the USB drive ready for use. I'm also
debating whether to use it for my GPG key information. I got scared off
when the previous version of the USB drive crashed on me and I had to send
it back to the manufacturer. I did get the information that was on it
back, but I guess the motto is 'watch out for backups'.)

Jonathan Leffler (jleffler@us.ibm.com)
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