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Re: New to SVN, two general feature questions

From: William Nagel <bill_at_stagelogic.com>
Date: 2005-04-01 00:37:37 CEST

On Mar 31, 2005, at 5:22 PM, Tony Han Bao wrote:

> Hi,
> 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?
> 1)
> 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.

You could get this by doing a dump of the revisions you committed on
your laptop and then load the dumpfile into your main subversion
repository. This is clumsy and error-prone, though. It also requires
you to have direct access to both repositories, since you can't do a
dump or load through the Subversion client.

You might want to take a look at SVK (http://svk.elixus.org/). It's a
distributed version control system built on top of SVN. I've never
used it, but I think it does what you want.

> 2)
> 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...

Subversion doesn't support this. You could implement commit
notifications using hook scripts, but there's no good way to get
notifications of other actions.

> 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.

You might want to take a look at Traq (http://www.edgewall.com/trac/).
It provides a web-interface to Subversion, along with integrated issue
tracking and a wiki.


> Thanks in advance.
> Tony Han Bao
> tonybao@mac.com
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