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Re: Importing history from Visual Source Safe

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2004-09-03 21:30:14 CEST

On Sep 3, 2004, at 3:07 PM, Marcos Chaves wrote:

>> One question, does subversion allow "sharing" files between projects
>> like VSS?
> I used VSS some years ago and if I remember well how VSS works, you
> can get what you want just by copying a file - they'll have a common
> history. People refer to it as 'cheap copies'. No special syntax by
> the way.
> You may want to read about 'cheap copies' at
> http://svnbook.red-bean.com/svnbook/ch04s02.html

Cheap copies are simply an internal mechanism it seems, they are the
equivalent of VSS "Share and Branch". I do not want to make a new
branch, I want to share a file so that I *automatically* get all
changes made to it in another project, but the file appears as if it
belongs in both projects. Changes to the file in either directory will
effect the copy in the other directory.

It looks like subversion does not do this, and we will have to find a
new way of working in order to use subversion. We have projects that
hold "shared code" where bug fixes and enhancements are automatically
distributed to all the projects sharing it. I think subversion will
require a lot of manual merging to get the same effect.

I'm already going to have a hard time to convince others to switch from
VSS - they know it sucks, but they resist change because they know how
to work with VSS.


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