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RE: Symbolic Links on Windows Platform

From: Scott Hughes <Scott.Hughes_at_dalsemi.com>
Date: 2005-01-19 23:29:44 CET

> I think what you'd REALLY rather have is symlinks in the svn
> filesystem, i.e. a way to make one node show up as a child
> of an arbitrary other node in the repository. Then you
> wouldn't need the client filesystem to implement symlinks.
> That has it's own set of problems, but it's how VSS does it.

Yeah, you're right. That would do a better job of emulating VSS' behavior
than externals currently do. But it would be a nice bonus if they acted
efficiently as well. i.e. if root has projA and projB, and projB has a
symlink to a subfolder of projA. Then it'd be nice if a fresh checkout of
just projB fetched the required subfolder from projA... But a fresh
checkout of the root was crafty enough to notice that it was fetching
projA's subfolder twice. It could replace the "svn-linked" location with a
native symlink if applicable, or a fresh checkout if not.

I understand this is a whole other class of problems, very different from
the current Unix symlink support.. And well above and beyond what I get
from VSS. I'd like to note that I really enjoy using Subversion and have to
think hard to find something to wish for.


Scott Hughes - Engineer
shughes aht dalsemi daut com 
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