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Re: Cleaning the repository...

From: korebantic <korebantic_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-16 23:19:27 CET

FYI --

*Subversion's repository has a special design. When you copy a directory
(which occurs during a branch or tag operation), you don't need to worry
about the repository growing huge—Subversion doesn't actually duplicate any
data. Instead, it creates a new directory entry that points to an existing
tree. If you're a Unix user, this is the same concept as a hard-link. From
there, the copy is said to be "lazy". That is, if you commit a change to one
file within the copied directory, then only that file changes—the rest of
the files continue to exist as links to the original files in the original
directory. *

On 1/16/07, hedley.finger@myob.com <hedley.finger@myob.com> wrote:
> Andy, Sebastian:
> > cheap copies
> For the unwashed, unwary, and unclued, what is a "cheap copy"? I've shied
> away from Subversion because I understood this term to mean that versions,
> tags, and branches all represent complete copies of every file, with
> successive changes creating a new file. Some older systems store a base
> file with deltas and admin data so that when a particular version is
> retrieved, the file is edited to remove irrelevant deltas.
> If Subversion uses copies, won't a project consisting of thousands of
> files rapidly eat up your disk quota. No doubt this information is in The
> Book but I couldn't find it.
> Regards,
> Hedley
> --
> Hedley Finger
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