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Re: Checking out individual files

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007a_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-01-28 20:19:37 CET

On Jan 28, 2007, at 13:03, Les Mikesell wrote:

>> i.e. The difficulty some new SVN users seem to have is in
>> stubbornly insisting on misusing the tool because one can't quite
>> accept that it offers a slightly different solution (screws) to
>> the same problem (affixing things). And this it does with aplomb,
>> but it does require stepping back and not "What am I trying to
>> accomplish?" without presupposing a solution.
>
> You lost me on this one. Are you suggesting that he shouldn't use
> svn for this task, or that there is some yet unmentioned way to do
> what he wants with svn.

The user wants to check out individual files. Subversion does not
offer that. Rather than saying the tool is broken, the user should
ask "WHY am I trying to check out individual files? What am I really
trying to accomplish?" Maybe there is a way to use Subversion to
accomplish the real task, while not requiring that it be possible to
check out single files. Subversion has been around for awhile now and
has been used in different situations. While it's certainly possible
that the user has a use case that nobody has thought of before,
perhaps instead it's a use case that others are successfully using
Subversion for. We just need to know what the use case is.

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