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Re: Potential New User questions

From: Noel Yap <noel.yap_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-11-09 01:33:30 CET

On 11/8/05, Theisen, Gary <gary.theisen@eds.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Our organization is currently in the process of migrating from Microsoft
> VSS, to Dimensions. However, the way Dimensions was installed as well as
> other issues, we have decided to take a look at other version control and
> source code repository systems.
> I've got a few questions regarding subversion, that I haven't been able to
> locate on the subversion web site:
> 1. Can a user perform a "scan" or search through files stored in the
> subversion db? For example, in VSS, a user can start at the "root" project
> and do a recursive scan for "some string to look for" and the scan will
> recursively look through all files and folders under the "root" project.

Subversion supports WebDAV. This means that any OS that has a
WebDAV-aware file system can get a read only view of the repository.

Specifically, I've been able to do this in Windows such that Windows
Explorer is able to treat the repository just as it would any other
(read only) file system.

I've heard the same can be done on Linux such that the repository is
mounted on the file system as a read only directory hierarchy.

> 2. If a single file (an .html file for example) needs to be "checked out",
> worked on, and "checked back in", can that be done without recompiling the
> entire project or directory? Seems to me like the entire directory would
> need to be reversioned. True?

Technically, the entire repository is versioned, but that has no
impact on the build. IME, this works out to be quite powerful once
one gets used to the idea.


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Received on Wed Nov 9 01:35:46 2005

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