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Web Dev Scenario... Branches?

From: Bill Bengtson <billbengtson_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-01-27 19:59:16 CET

*My Subversion Scenario*

   - My Production site is on a Debian 3.1 Linux Shared Hosting server.
   My host (Dreamhost) does have Subversion installed on this server, but I do
   not know which version it is.

   - I do my Development on my Windows XP laptop (server) & upload the
   files to the Production Linux Server. My laptop is mobile obviously, using
   different Internet connections & IP addresses all the time, so I don't
   believe that I can put a Subversion Server on the laptop & expect my Prod
   Server to ever find the laptop's Repository… correct? I do not want to pay
   for or setup an account with somebody to give my dynamic IP address a static
   DNS listing, or whatever that is properly called.

Currently I am *not* using Subversion on my Production Server, I am only
using Subversion on my Development Laptop to download the latest Trunk from
Typo (my blog software) & then I am SFTP'ing all of the files up to my Prod
Server – overwriting the entire Prod files.

I want to keep downloading the latest Trunk, but I also want to start use
Subversion to upload my files to my Prod Server, instead of SFTP. I work on
these files alone, so I like Subversion not for the "team" benefits, but for
the benefits of uploading & downloading only the edited files and avoid
waiting the hour for the entire directory to be uploaded... which often
times I don't even get 100% of the files to upload.

So I'm confident that I need to set up a Subversion Repository on my Prod
server. This will be for me to upload my Development files from my laptop to
the Prod server Repository. Currently, I only have my blog software that
would be in the Repository hierarchy, but in the near future I will be
adding a few other projects besides just the blog project, which all will be
related to my site, but go beyond the scope of a blog.
I have been reading the Subversion docs, but I do not understand how to
apply it to my scenario. My confusion sets in when I realize that I will
still be downloading the latest Trunk files, yet uploading to a Repository
on my Prod server. How can one Repository both receive the latest Trunk from
the Typo people, as well as receive edited versions of those same files from
me on my Development laptop, yet download the latest Trunk files from Typo
again later & not totally wipe out my own personal edits in some of the
files? All this while keeping everything in-sync & not stepping on each
others toes?

   1. Do I end up having 2 separate Repositories, one for my Typo blog
   Trunk downloads and one for my own edited version of the official Typo blog
   files that will be used on my Prod server?
   2. When I want to download from the Typo blog Trunk Repository, do I
   download that to my Prod server and then down to my laptop in a two steps,
   or do I download the latest Trunk from Typo directly to my laptop?
   3. Do I use the same Repository on my Prod server to receive the
   latest Trunk files from the Typo people as well as use this same Repository
   on the Prod server to receive my edited files up from my Development laptop?
   Is this were things like "commit", "update", "branch" & "patch" come into

Thank you for your time in reading this & offering me any advice or guidance
that you can.
Received on Fri Jan 27 23:05:06 2006

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