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Re: On making text-base optional

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: 2006-09-21 21:34:54 CEST

On 9/21/2006 2:13 PM, Ian Anthony wrote:
> It is certainly an option for developers to maintain local copies of the
> repository, but they run into the same issue of gobbling up the storage
> space on their laptop hard drives.

Maintaining a local copy of the repos wouldn't currently help at all
with the problem you've got: you'll then have 3 copies of each file on
each developer's machine: the working copy, text-base, and the repos

As Garrett said, everyone agrees it would be nice if someone else did
this, but until someone wants it enough to do it, it won't get done.

Duncan Murdoch

> I'll have to make a quick test setup, but I'll bet it would be possible to
> make a script that maintains a cheap checkout library (a library of all
> revisions with cheap copies between each) and then simlink text-base in each
> directory to the library copy for that revision.
> Hmm....
> On 9/21/06, Mark <mark@mitsein.net> wrote:
>> In the meantime, it would be a good idea to get your developers to use
>> their own machines. That's where that text-base comes in handy.
>> Since I have my working copy on my own laptop, I can bring it home and
>> keep working without having to log into work if need be.
>> On 9/21/06, Ian Anthony <isnoop@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I have been using SVN personally since late 2004 and have grown quite
>> fond
>> > of it. My day job is finally on the brink of transitioning a large code
>> > repos from CVS to subversion, but there is just one issue slowing us
>> down.
>> >
>> > Our development model is one where several developers work on multiple
>> > projects at once (4-8 on average). In our system, each scheduled
>> release
>> > within a project gets its own branch. This approach puts us right at
>> home
>> > with SVN and its cheap copies considering we might make hundreds of
>> branches
>> > in a year.
>> >
>> > The problem for us lies in the fact that most developers check out their
>> > code to the same server the repository is stored on. Even in a world
>> where
>> > storage is so inexpensive that it should be unending, sometimes it just
>> > doesn't work out that way. Especially when the coders harddrive fills
>> up
>> > twice as fast as one might expect thanks to text-base.
>> >
>> > Twelve developers each working on six copies of one repository on the
>> same
>> > server means a lot of harddrive space is gobbled up in the name of
>> pristine
>> > copies. I would love to see text-base as an option, especially for
>> > circumstances where network communications aren't the limiting factor.
>> >
>> > Thank you and keep up the great work.
>> >
>> > --Ian
>> >
>> --
>> Mark
>> "Blessed is he who finds happiness in his own foolishness, for he will
>> always be happy."
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