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Re: Fast version control while work proceeds

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2005_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2005-11-16 16:36:53 CET

On Nov 15, 2005, at 21:25, Harry Putnam wrote:

> I'm not knowledgeable about subversion or even much about cvs so this
> question may be phrased sort of ... oddly:
> Can subversion do this for me:
> I want something to run in the background and keep tabs on a directory
> tree or designated directories while I program or in other ways edit
> files, edit images move stuff around within target etc etc. This
> something needs to run every little while like maybe 1 minute
> intervals and backup any files it finds changed to a sort of mirror of
> the work area.
> Not a real mirror in that the destination mirror would contain all
> versions of any files that had been changed during the session.
> Rsync can do something like this but doesn't provide any built in
> mechanism to examine the versions with diffing or the like.

Subversion is not designed for that scenario. It's designed to help
you with this workflow:

1. Start with an up-to-date working copy of (a part of) your repository.
2. Edit the working copy to fix a bug or implement a feature.
3. Commit the changes.
4. Update the working copy to receive changes from other developers.
5. Goto 2.

Every time you commit to the repository, that point in time is
recorded and can be retrieved later if desired. I think people
usually commit only things that work, not every intermediate phase of
half-completed development, but that's left up to you and your other
developers to decide.

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Received on Wed Nov 16 16:39:56 2005

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