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Re: Arguments to favor Subversion

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2005-11-23 19:42:29 CET

On 23-Nov-05, at 3:39 AM, allan@muly.dk wrote:

> eh, can you please explain exactly what VSS sharing can do that the
> svn:externals property can not do more elegantly?

svn:externals can be much more painful to deal with than VSS sharing.

With svn:externals:

-- the access protocol is hardcoded in the externals definition, so
even if you get your WC with SVN protocol the external definition
might have HTTP protocol. This is a problem when using svn: in the
office and svn+ssh from home for example.

-- updates are not atomic, each svn:externals link is pulled in as a
separate update request, possibly getting a later revision of the repo.

-- commits don't dive into the svn:externals links at all. (though I
think tortoisesvn DOES do this)

-- tagging is painful if you wish to tag the svn:externals links with
the main project branch

Some of these things will be solved when relative paths are supported
for svn:externals (or perhaps "svn:internals", whatever it gets called)


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