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Re: Subversion error "Can't determine the user's config path" on windows

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-05-10 21:39:32 CEST

Branko Čibej wrote:

> Contrariwise, someone with a roaming profile will be very happy to see
> her Subversion settings migrate with everything else when she switches
> to another machine. And I'd say this use case is much more common than
> yours (which only happens in places where someone didn't *think* before
> setting up the domain topology).

We are in the process of moving from one [lightly populated] domain for the
company to one domain for each location (due to domain "enhanced" applications).
   The more junk we need to copy out of %APPDATA%, the harder it is to move a
user, and the more likely that something will be missed. This isn't an
objection specific to Subversion, but rather a dislike of the architecture in
general (and it's changing implementation over the years since NT => W2k => XP).

As a rule I don't like user configuration files buried deep within the
filesystem. It makes moving users from machine to machine very tedious. I have
not been happy with the performance of roaming profiles in general, either.
YMMV ;~)

> I'd consider an option that would let the user specify a different
> config directory on Windows, but I'm not sure %HOME% is the right way to
> go.

It's the one that makes the most sense from the cross platform standpoint (since
it mirrors what native Cygwin and Linux installations do). There is a point
where using the default Windows implementation gets in the way; I am not as
interested in doing things "the Windows way" just because that is the Windows way...


John Peacock
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Received on Mon May 10 21:39:54 2004

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