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Re: Ignoring deleted files in working directory

From: Michael Eager <eager_at_eagercon.com>
Date: 2006-05-19 19:39:43 CEST

Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 5/19/2006 1:20 PM, Michael Eager wrote:
>> I've just installed Subversion and I'm new using it.
>> I want to use Subversion a little bit differently from
>> the usual source code management application and I'd
>> like a little advice.
>> I want to create a document archive in Subversion.
>> The archive will contain both current and historical
>> documents. I want the working directory to contain
>> only a subset of the files in the archive. I don't
>> want Subversion to complain about the files which are
>> missing from the working directory.
>> Subversion (as far as I can tell) only allows me to
>> checkout a full directory. Is there any way to check
>> out specific files from an archive?
>> Another alternative is to check out an entire directory
>> and then delete the unwanted files from the working
>> directory. Is there any way to tell Subversion to not
>> complain about missing files, for example, in a "svn
>> status" command? (I've thought about adding a command
>> line option to do just this.)
>> I've also thought about tagging old files with a
>> property like "svn:archive". Is there any way to
>> have Subversion only checkout certain files, such as
>> ones which do not have this property.
>> One idea which I considered and which does not work
>> is to import the historical documents into the archive
>> and then delete them. They are in the archive and
>> can be recovered, but this makes them invisible when
>> looking at the head of the revision tree, for example,
>> when using ViewVC.
>> Any ideas or suggestions?
> I'd create two directories, "current" and "deleted". Check out current,
> and when you don't want a document there any more, mv it to deleted.
> You may want multiple subdirectories in deleted, if you want to re-use
> the same names for unrelated files, e.g. deleted/2005, deleted/2006, etc.

Yes, I thought about this, but it really doesn't address the problem.

The historical documents are not "deleted", they are just inactive.
When I need to update one of the historical documents, I want to be able
to check it out of the archive and work on it in the correct place
in the document tree. I don't want to have to check it out of a
separate directory tree and move it to the real directory location.

I want a single archive, not two.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Michael Eager	 eager@eagercon.com
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