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Re: Few questions on Subversion

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-05-31 15:16:47 CEST

On 5/31/06, Lee Sherry <gonbananas@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello users,
> I have a few questions regarding subversion. I have a repository set
> up on a linux machine, and use it as a central repository for company
> files, Word / Excel / PDF and more.
> Me and my colleagues use TortoiseSVN to keep updated with each others
> changes etc.
> 1. As the repo gets larger is there a way to skip having to download
> all the files into your working copy? i.e copy initial files from a cd
> backup, to save new users from having to do a large download?

I think you can distribute a "pre-made" working copy. Just make sure
the recipient updates immediately, and that all files are not marked
read-only upon copying from the CD.

Or, just have users only check out the directories they need, instead
of everything.

> 2. What is the best way to deal with files such as THUMBS.DB that XP
> seems to create and modify, thus making your working copy almost
> constantly out of date?

Ignore them with svn:ignore (auto-props comes in handy here).

> 3. As the repo gets larger, is there a way to flatten the versions,
> i.e remove all but the head version, to trim on space?

That would defeat the purpose of using a version control system. Each
newer version is stored as a diff against an earlier version, so doing
this would be rather time-consuming. How large/fast do you think the
repository will grow?

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