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Re: file sharing like in VSS

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2005-02-23 04:50:08 CET

On Feb 22, 2005, at 7:47 AM, Gillis, Allan wrote:

> Can't you simply copy it within the repository?  Assuming the two are
> in the same repository doesn't it make a hard link from one to the
> other?

Not in the same sense as sharing in VSS.
The copy will be cheap, so you get the same file in multiple places at
no significant cost in repository disk space, but as soon as you edit
on of the copies they are each on their own. Changes to one are not
automatically reflected in the other.

We've been busy migrating a lot of VSS projects and found that our use
of VSS ' sharing is the biggest issue in term of adapting to
subversion. I am hoping that some sort of symlink in the repository
will be implemented eventually (I posted ideas about an "svn:internals"
property that I thought might not be too hard to implement.), but for
now we are working around the issue. Either we place all of the shared
files in a common folder and use svn:externals (which sometimes leads
to an awkward tree structure in the repository), or me accept that the
copied files act like a "share & branch" in VSS and make a note to
merge changes between the branches as needed.


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