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Re: Checking out individual files

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: 2007-01-26 00:38:40 CET

On 1/25/2007 6:30 PM, Eric wrote:
> Good evening, all.
>
> I am curious about something ... also getting complained at by some
> of our users about it and I need to have something to reply ...
>
> With Subversion, you can check out whole repositories, and you can
> check out individual directories within the repository ... but you
> (apparently) can't check out individual files within a directory.
>
> I'm told that this was a design decision made by the Subversion architects.
>
> My question was ... What was the reasoning behind this decision?
>
> If you can check out a subdirectory within a repository without
> having to check out the whole repository, why not also then be able
> to check out an individual file within a subdirectory?

Because the .svn subdirectory is part of the subdirectory you check out,
allowing checkouts to be moved around without losing their metadata. If
you checked out a file, where would the metadata go?

Duncan Murdoch

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