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Re: Using FAT32 from Linux

From: Ross Boylan <ross_at_biostat.ucsf.edu>
Date: 2004-07-29 06:02:44 CEST

On Mon, Jul 26, 2004 at 12:31:43PM +0200, Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:
> Ross Boylan wrote:
> > I dual boot Linux and Windows. I know that subversion will work on
> > either (except as a server for Win9x/Me), but want to double check one
> > particular scenario.
>
> This is only half the truth: the BDB can't be used on DOS based systems. That
> means, that you can't use SVN's file:// on such a system. It has nothing to
> do with serving or not, although usually, the server is the part that uses
> that mode to access the SVN filesystem.

Huh? My understanding is that, until recently, the server had to use
BDB. If the server runs in Windows, as is claimed, then BDB must run
there. Or do you mean DOS as in DOS and Win <= 3.1 systems? I know
subversion needs newer Windows systems.

file:// is a client access method, I thought.

>
> > I gather from previous posts that even if the repository were on FAT
> > it would not be accessible from Windows because of some differences in
> > the file structures used by Berkeley db in the two systems.
>
> Yes, the database has different layouts on different machines. However, for
> your case I seem to remember that MS Windows/x86 and Linux/x86 use compatible
> binary layouts.
>
I think that remark was about endianness and word length. As someone
already pointed out, a little care is still needed when switching.

> Uli

Unfortunately no one has answered my most important operational
question: can I put a svn working copy on a FAT32 file system while
running Linux? Any takers?

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