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Re: (Tortoise) SVN Repository Backup problem

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: 2006-01-12 13:03:11 CET

On 1/12/2006 3:26 AM, Srivathsan, M IN BLR SISL wrote:
> Hi Madan,
> Thanks for the mail. Let me clarify a few things from your mail
> 1. Yes, a VPN connection would be the best. But I can't connect to
> my corporate network from home. At the same time, since I believe in
> checking in changes (how much ever small they may be) into the Repo then
> and there, I would like to have the same and do check-ins and then
> continue with the same Repo in my Office too
> 2. Due to the above point, http:// and svn:// based access is also
> ruled out

svk (http://svk.elixus.org/) is a project based on the svn source code,
that allows you to mirror the repository and work with it when you don't
have a connection to the real one. I don't know how it handles sync'ing
when the connection comes back up.

The hard problem is what to do if you commit some changes at home, then
forget to sync with work, and commit some changes there. With your
scheme (copying the whole repo on a USB key), one set of changes would
be lost completely unless you did some sort of tedious manual merge. I
don't know the details of what svk does.

I think my repository is too valuable to trust it to svk, because I
don't see the level of community support for it that I see with svn.
However, it would be nice if svn adopted some of the ideas of svk; e.g.
I'd like to be able to browse a local copy of the repository while
offline (though perhaps I won't be able to check in new changes there).
Having a local copy would also protect me from situations where someone
else controls the repository machine and it goes down right when I need it.

Duncan Murdoch

> 3. > do you realize that changes made to the repo at work will not
> be visible at your home?
> This is something like a bolt from the blue! As I had already
> mentioned, I am newbie to SVN but have good experience in ClearCase. So
> I would like to have some education on this. My basic understanding of
> SVN seems to suggest that it should be possible (just like in CVS) to
> use the Repo
> Thanks and rgds,
> Watson
> ________________________________
> From: Madan U S [mailto:madan@collab.net]
> Sent: Thu 12-Jan-2006 10:25
> To: Srivathsan, M IN BLR SISL; users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: RE: (Tortoise) SVN Repository Backup problem
> First, we need some clarity of terms here...
> pl. find my comments inline...
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Srivathsan, M IN BLR SISL [mailto:M.Srivathsan@siemens.com]
>>Sent: Thu 1/12/2006 8:19 AM
>>To: users@subversion.tigris.org
>>Subject: (Tortoise) SVN Repository Backup problem
>>I am using TortoiseSVN 1.2.6 and SVN 1.2.3 and I am new to SVN. I
> have
>>the following requirement:
>> 1. Take the SVN (local) repository created in my local wkstn to home
>> continue working there, so that I don't miss out on version
> checkins
> You dont need a backup to acheive this.... what you need is a http:// or
> svn:// based access to access your work repository from home (and that
> obviously implies that you should be able to access office machine from
> home - maybe via vpn?)
> For this, you dont need the repsitory at home. You only need a working
> copy at home. For precise definitions, pl. read the book...
> http://svnbook.red-bean.com/
>>So I did the following:
>> 1. Created a Repo using the TortoiseSVN
>> 2. Added Project
>> 3. Made changes to the files and committed them too
> so far, so good...
>> 4. Copied the Repo dir. Tree into my USB key and took it home
> do you realize that changes made to the repo at work will not be visible
> at your home?
>> 5. Copied the Repo dir Tree from my USB key to a local drive in my
> Home
>>PC - so far so good
>> 6. Tried to browse the (just copied) Repo using TortoiseSVN (same
>>versions as in my office)
>> But I am getting an error like "not a working a copy"
> You need to checkout using tortoisesvn/cmd line svn client to do this...
> Regards,
> Madan.

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