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Re: Checkouts of subsets of the tree

From: John Rousseau <JRousseau_at_novell.com>
Date: 2004-06-25 18:42:02 CEST

On Fri, 25 Jun 2004 11:18:53 -0500, Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman@collab.net> wrote:

> On Fri, 2004-06-25 at 11:05, Butler, Frances H (FHB) wrote:
>> I don't know about John, but this is a topic of great interest to my
>> development team. I would like more detail, please.
> I guess the real question is: is the 'svn:externals' explanation in
> chapter 7 unclear? Can you guys tell us how it's unclear? Ask specific
> questions?

I don't have a CVS background, and I've been using ClearCase long enough that the twisted way it does some things seems like the best approach. I'm also (obviously) a subversion noob.

My thought is to create a "jdk" repo with trees for all the platforms that I need. I would then need to create a directory in the main repo that had externals properties pointing to the JDK repo. What I don't know how to do is, on a per-client basis, allow them to choose the value of the externals target.

As I'm writing this, I'm thinking that putting the different platform code into two branches in the jdk repo might be better, but I still come to the same problem. How do I have the externals link point to different places in the jdk repo for different users? I don't really need the externals property to point to different things, but if they point to the same place then I'm still stuck as to how to only load (checkout) part of it.

I could see this working if each user checked out the "jdk" directory in the main repo and made the externals ref correcct for them, but that seems a little hacky.

I'm sure it's a mindset problem on my end and not a documentation one, but I can't see through to the solution.


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