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Re: Can't check out single file from branch - svn client bug?

From: Shridhar Daithankar <ghodechhap_at_ghodechhap.net>
Date: 2005-05-06 11:50:04 CEST

David Faure wrote:
> I don't think there's anything so "unusual" there. Branches might have
> similar directory structure, they don't necessarily have the exact same set of files.
> In case you're wondering why I was looking for this feature:
> it was perfectly possible with CVS. This is how we handled the development
> for a customer who wanted additional features on top of an opensource
> project's stable branch. The rules of the project forbid new features in stable
> branches, so we had to branch it. But if we branched the whole project, then
> we would have to merge manually any bugfix done in the stable branch.
> Instead, by only branching the minimum set of files that we needed to change,
> we could benefit automatically from any bugfix in the stable branch. We still
> have to manually merge fixes made to the few files we branched, but
> that's much less work.
> So with CVS we simply had a script to "switch" a set of files (and sometimes
> directories). Porting this to SVN I realize that SVN doesn't allow me to do that...
> I guess I'll branch entire directories for now, but I don't see why future versions
> of the svn client shouldn't be able to do this :)

I ran into a similar situation. What I do is, I have branched off, and
periodically merge from stable branch and watch for few specific files in the


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