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New to SVN, two general feature questions

From: Tony Han Bao <tonybao_at_mac.com>
Date: 2005-04-01 00:22:53 CEST


I'm new to SVN (and version control altogether) so please be patient.

I am planning to switch from CVS to SVN. There are two basic features I
really would like to have that CVS does not support. Can SVN help me?


I set up a central repository on my server where I have access to at
work (desktop) and at home (laptop). Life is wonderful! Next thing I
know I am going to a conference where there are no internet connections
(yes, there are such conferences) and I still need to work on the
project. I have my laptop but without access to the repository, I have
no version control.

Ideally, I would like to have a local sub "repository" sort of thing
that I can work off-line and still have a version history stored when
later on upon my return, I can fully merge these history into the main
repository on the server like I was never away. Can subversion do this?

I don't want to set up another repository on the laptop, import the
project to it starting from version, work on it, check out
every revision, commit them back one by one to the central repository.


A group of us work on one set of files. I would like to do some major
changes to one or few of the files and I want to announce it to the
other people so that they are aware of what I'm about to do.

In SVN, is it possible to set watch and messages on files so that every
one who has a working copy of the file can be notified of the actions
on the file. Not just a new version has been committed so I should
update, but also things like some one has just checkout a new copy or
bob has put a announcement on this file saying stay clear for 2 days
for him to finish, etc...

I want an overview of the current status of the project, updated
regularly, on the level of the version control system so that I know
what's going on with other people before I decide which part of the
project I should focus on in one system.

Thanks in advance.

Tony Han Bao

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