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Ideas for partial checkout

From: Arnette, Bill <billa_at_signalscape.com>
Date: 2005-09-14 15:28:42 CEST

VSS has the concept of "cloaking" a directory which means that VSS will
not Get Latest, or Checkout the directory as part of a recursive
operation; only if it is retrieved explicitly. Perhaps Subversion
coulduse this concept as part of the partial checkouts solution. There
could be a property 'svn:cloaked' that you could set on a directory and
it would not be retrieved as part of a recursive checkout.

This could be useful for vendor branches where you want to retrieve the
include, lib, and bin, directories for doing builds, but not necessarily
the docs or help directories; especially for automated builds. If the
user wants the docs directory, he can explicitly checkout the docs
directory.

My other thought is if a user does a non-recursive checkout and then
later wants to get an individual sub-directory, why not have the client
check parent directory of the target directory to see if it is a working
copy. If it is, just add the new directory to the parent directory's
.svn/entries file.

Just some thoughts,
Bill

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