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RE: Strategies for projects/branches layout

From: Jesse Erlbaum <jesse_at_erlbaum.net>
Date: 2005-11-07 21:33:34 CET

Hi Ryan --

> See, and I learned version control on Subversion, and now that I'm
> trying to participate in some open-source projects that use CVS, I'm
> totally baffled by CVS's non-directory-ish treatment of braches and
> tags. :-) Gonna have to find me a CVS book.

  "Open Source Development with CVS"
  by Karl Fogel (CoriolisOpen Press)

> Well, you can forget about that, because Subversion doesn't
> work like
> that. ;-)

I noticed!

In this situation, svn seems to force the developer to make arbitrary
decisions on very meaningless topics. A "branches" directory? You mean
I can't have branches without a directory? The feature just goes away?
That doesn't sound right to me.

Devising a directory taxonomy for this purpose seems contrived. The
capability to branch and tag are present all the time -- not just when
you create a particular directory for the purpose. Features should not
go away just because I failed to create a "magic directory". IMHO.
(And what if I decide I need to tag something which I didn't plan on
tagging when the project started? Am I just screwed?)

And, let me say this: I would like to hear the arguments in favor of
the Subversion way. I am a newbie, and suspect that when I learn "Tao
Svn" these questions will appear as they are: The result of the switch
between two similar but philosophically divergent systems.

> If the five development efforts are distinct, then you'll want to be
> able to branch and tag them separately, so your layout 1.
> above seems
> best.

Understood, and certainly the solution I've been moving towards.

Question: How does this effect the command line for checkout? For that
matter, what is the purpose of the "project" in the follow example
checkout command?:

  svn checkout file:///path/to/repos/trunk project

Is that just the name of the directory into which the files in the
selected repository path will be checked out?

Warmest regards,


Jesse Erlbaum
The Erlbaum Group
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