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Re: General - Version questions?

From: Duncan Murdoch <subversion_at_murdoch-sutherland.com>
Date: 2005-11-03 19:56:47 CET

On 11/3/2005 1:52 PM, Anastasios Angelidis wrote:
> Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> On 11/3/2005 1:21 PM, Anastasios Angelidis wrote:
>>> This is some questions in general I'm hoping some of you can answer...
>>> Where I come from we do all versioning by hand and have come
>>> acustomed to certain procedures that we have implemented. I'm
>>> currently looking at implementing subversion for our version control
>>> and would like to see how I can integrate svn with out processes to
>>> possibly remove some of the manual work.
>>> 1- We have the following structure: Builds -> Projects -> Components
>>> -> Elements
>>> Build: Contains multiple projects
>>> Project: Contains multiple components (Executables, Dbs, Web etc...)
>>> Component: Contains multiple elements (source files etc...)
>>> We have a custom in house to that we track versions like 4.3.5 in a
>>> sql DB.
>>> 1- Would I be able to track version numbers through svn, without
>>> having to rely on the sql db?
>> Yes, it's very easy to record the version of every file in a
>> collection by making a copy of the collection to a tag directory.
>> (You don't actually make any physical copy, just a logical copy.)
>>> 2- What would be the best way to handle a "build" as described above.
>>> As using 3 levels in a directory treet structure is cumbersome.
>> There'd be no need to change your current directory structure. Just
>> import it into subversion and call it the trunk.
> The problem with what we call a "build" is that it canot be represented
> well in a folder treet structure. Example I have a build called
> Apple_Carot_Cake...
> The Apple_Carot_Cake build hosts an Apple project and a Carot project.
> Then one day I decide to get fancy and create an Apple_Banana_Cake
> (Nasty tasting lol). This build would require the Apple project and a
> new Banana project.
> So now imagine that I would have to copy the Apple project to another
> trunk and have now to maintaine separate Apple projects. So when I need
> to update the Apple project I would then have to remember to merge to
> the Apple_Carot_Cake and the Apple_Banana_Cake apple trunks.
> Now that where versioning with the DB it's fairly easy to attach a
> "build" identifier to a project. But this still doesn't translate well
> to a tree folder structure like file explorer or svn. I'm thinking of
> "build" beeing parallel to projects. Can I assign a custom property
> called build to a project folder within subversion?

That sounds like what Subversion calls "Externals"; see
http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.1/ch07s04.html. I've never used them
myself, so if you have any hard questions someone else will have to help
with them.

Duncan Murdoch

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