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Re: A difference in behaviour between CVS/Subversion

From: Nick Glencross <nickg_at_glencros.demon.co.uk>
Date: 2005-05-15 16:44:24 CEST

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

>
> On May 14, 2005, at 4:58 PM, Nick Glencross wrote:
>
>> One feature of CVS which is nice is that you can checkout a
>> directory structure, and then check out other directories into it
>> and seamlessly treat it as one project by doing updates and commits
>> at the top-level. Each file correctly knows where it lives in the
>> CVS depot.
>>
>> If you do the same with Subversion, the commit or update doesn't
>> descent into the separately checked out directories. As such, you
>> need to do (let's say) 4 commits which creates intermediate
>> revisions which won't build.
>>
>> Was this a deliberate decision?
>
>
>
> Yes, though the thought was that someday we'd give the users the
> ability to 'link' nested working copies together when they wanted
> to. It just hasn't happened yet.
>
> By the way, this behavior you're describing is a relatively recent
> addition to CVS, so I've been told.

Thanks Ben.

It certainly is a nice feature, especially as it is nice to have each
revision in the depot being buildable, which can't always be the case in
the situation that I've described,

Thanks,

Nick

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