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Re: [Feature Suggestion]checkout branches and tags directory

From: Brian Mathis <bmathis_at_directedge.com>
Date: 2004-07-07 17:35:02 CEST

Yes, you're right, it would be very rare that you'd want to check out
the whole branches or tags directory. But since you don't want to, just
don't do it! If you only want 1 tag or branch, just use that URL instead:

And it will not get everything else, just the stuff under that directory.

Did you not use subdirectories in your tags/branches dirs? Well, then
you'll have to reorganize your dirs. It is not easy to check out only 1
file from svn, you must get a whole directory. Organizationally, it
would be better to use sub-directories anyway.

Lynch wrote:

>Hello, all,
>I'm a new user to Subversion and I'm new to this ml. I don't know if
>this feature has already been proposed or discussed. But I did some
>search on ml and found nothing about it.
>We know that in Subversion, branches and tags are simply copies of a
>particular revision of a directory. In standard subversion repository
>layout, branches & tags directory always contains a lot of these
>branches and tags. Although these branches and tags are handled in a
>highly space-efficient manner in the Subversion repository, but when
>user checkout and export on the "branches" and "tags" directory, it will
>consume large amount of traffic from server to client, and also large
>amount of disk space.
>But in fact, almost no one would like to checkout or export the whole
>content of 'branches' and 'tags' directory at any time. One would check
>out file:///repos/tags/snapshot-20040707 or file:///repos/branches/rc-2,
>but never file:///repos/tags or file:///repos/branches. (I'm new and in-
>experienced, please correct me on this.)
>My Suggestion:
> 1. Introduce a special property on directory, say
> svn:non-recursive
> 2. modify svn client, when user use 'svn co url' to checkout/export
> a directory and it's subdirectory recursively, svn will check each
> directory on 'svn:non-recursive' property before checkout.
> if the directory is set the 'svn:non-recursvie'
> property, svn will not checkout/export the files and subdirectory
> under this directory as if '--non-recursive' parameter of
> 'svn checkout' is set
> 3. add 'svn:non-recursive' property to 'branches' and 'tags' directory
> in svn repository to prevent user from checking out these directory
> inproperly.
> 4. This feature have no influence on checkout/export the subdirectory
> under the 'branches' and 'tags' directory.

Brian Mathis
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