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Re: .svn folder needs to stay

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-09-04 14:59:25 CEST

On Sep 3, 2005, at 10:55 PM, Ron wrote:

>> The user needs to be educated to not do that. A version control
>> system is not a transparent entity. It requires the user to
>> understand what is going on, and to slightly modify their behavior.
> You've never worked with artist have you? I also work in the games
> business and use svn for our projects and it is a huge pain with
> non-technical people. They have no idea what a command line is, so
> everything has to be done though TSVN. They do not understand what
> version control is, all they know if they have to use it (and yes, I
> have tried and tried to explain it). For the most part version
> control exists for the programmers, so this just slows down the
> artists.
> I don't want to lump all artist into the same category, some of
> them are great, but they are also the technical ones.

"Artists", then, are the perfect audience for svn's autoversioning
feature. Let them all mount the repository as a network drive, copy
stuff to local disk, edit away, then copy back. Or, let their
applications open the artwork directly from the network drive; the
operating system will automatically lock the data until it closes the

That's truely transparent version control.

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