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Re: large imports and tmp files

From: Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel_at_comcast.net>
Date: 2006-07-29 22:39:09 CEST

----- Original Message -----
From: "D. Alan Stewart" <d.alan.stewart@mac.com>
To: "Les Mikesell" <lesmikesell@gmail.com>
Cc: <users@subversion.tigris.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 4:21 PM
Subject: Re: large imports and tmp files

> Well I would like to be able to go back to previous versions of the
> virtual machine. I'm doing Windows software development and testing, and
> could conceivably hose the registry. Also, it would be nice to have a
> base machine configuration and branch from there for different projects.
> Different software would be installed on different branches.
> Thanks for the tip, I will investigate.
> Alan
> On Jul 29, 2006, at 12:45 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> If what you want are backups, you might like something like
>> http://www.nongnu.org/rdiff-backup/features.html better than
>> a version control system.

Rdiff is useless for actual disk images: it compares the contents of the
files, not of the filesystem, and it does it from a UNIX or UNIX-like world.
The result is that you'll lose hard-links and symlinks and file ownership
with it. If you used a FAT32 filesystem, it could work, but not for the NTFS
so common to Windows filesystems.

The same applies to tarballs for Windows images: they work great for FAT32,
not for restoring file ownership information of NTFS. It may work someday,
but reading NTFS file permissions taks some.... different structures: it's
similar to the reasons that Subversion stores symlinks, but doesn't really
reproduce them for NTFS or FAT32.

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