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Subversion use case - Remote users with no network connectivity

From: Gino Filicetti <gino_at_filicetti.net>
Date: 2005-10-13 02:06:55 CEST

Hi Guys,

I've had this use case floating around in my head for a while now, and
I wanted to ask this mailing list to see if it is possible to support
it given what is currently in Subversion.

I've read about exporting repositories, etc... but I'm not sure if
that would fully support what I'm trying to do.

Here's the situation:

I work in Sales, specifically on the technical sales team. We have
suite of our own products and product extensions that we've tweaked
and create a demo environment from. This environment is source
controlled using Subversion.

Often, we work on site at prospects doing proof of concepts to show
that our products can be configured to operate as the prospect
intends. It is during these PoCs that a lot of development happens,
sometimes reusable, most times very specific to the prospect in
question but it always starts using our demo environment as a baseline.

Of course, we need to use Subversion during these PoCs to make our
development as efficient as possible, the one caveat is that most
times we do not have network access from the prospect's building. This
would prevent us from using the main Subversion server back at corporate.

So my question is this.... what would be the best way to take a copy
of the Subversion repository, put it on a laptop or other machine that
we can keep local, on site. Then use that as our repository during the
PoC development? At the end of the development, it is important that
we be able to bring back our completed work, check it into the main
repository on a branch, and then do some selective merging to bring
only the reusable bits back into our trunk for continued use.

Can this scenario be easily supported? I know I can export a
repository, but what I can't figure out is if it is possible to come
back weeks later, with this repository and then take it and somehow
check the new changes into the main repository?

Any help would be appreciated.... let me know if you need clarification.


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