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Re: using subversion as a workstation backup mechanism

From: Tim Harvey <tim_harvey_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-03-14 15:48:05 CET

I read the FAQ but I'm not sure I agree that its a 'bad idea'. It won't do what you would want to do 'efficiently' on a move or copy but its no worse than any backup solution I've seen.

Our current backup solution is to run a script at login that does an 'xcopy' of C:\Backup with some options to limit it to new or changed files. The problem is that the network overhead is huge compared to using Subversion to do the same thing.


----- Original Message ----
From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006Q1@ryandesign.com>
To: Tim Harvey <tim_harvey@yahoo.com>
Cc: users@subversion.tigris.org
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:13:38 AM
Subject: Re: using subversion as a workstation backup mechanism

On Mar 13, 2006, at 22:13, Tim Harvey wrote:

> - automate a script that runs nightly (via task scheduler) on the
> user workstation that does the following:
> - svn add all new files
> - svn del all missing files
> - svn commit
> Does anyone see any issues with this? [snip]

That's a bad idea:


> - have other people implemented automated backup mechanisms using
> this concept

I would recommend looking for software designed to back up
workstations, and not try to make a revision control system do this.
Received on Tue Mar 14 15:52:13 2006

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