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Re: SVK ?

From: Russ Brown <pickscrape_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-07-11 11:02:25 CEST

Romain Prévost wrote:
> I've just been hanging for a while over the SVK website, but I think I
> missed some things that might be interesting. So can SVK users give me
> some answers ?
>
> - Is SVK only client-side, relying on SVN for all the server part ?

Yes. svn clients can continue to use the svn server too as long as they
don't do merges (doing so will screw up the merge tracking that svk does).

> - Is it reliable enough to use it as a production tool yet ?

We've been using it for about two weeks now. So far we haven't had any
serious problems.

> - Is it really offering all SVN + more speed and more efficient disk
> space management ?
>

It is definitely quicker for a number of operations, largely because
most operations don't require any network access. Doing an update
(including the syncing) is consistently about six times faster for me.

In terms of space saving, that depends on how you use it. If you tend to
have a lot of branches checked out at the same time, then svk will save
you a lot of space because working copies are completely clean and don't
contain the .svn directories which contain pristine copies of all files.
If you mirror the entire repository svk takes advantage of svn's cheap
copies, so branches take up practically no space.

> I'm pretty sure there must be some bad points with it, but I didn't
> manage to find them yet, since there are very little information on
> svk's website. Have you got some links to more SVK material or user
> feedbacks ?
>

svk definitely needs documentation improvements. Hopefully that
situation will improve in time.

-- 
Russ.
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