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Re: Checking out individual files

From: Erik Huelsmann <ehuels_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-28 20:28:59 CET

On 1/28/07, Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007a@ryandesign.com> wrote:
>
> 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.

And if the answers are that both he has a valid use-case as well as
the best tool available would be Subversion, then, I'm glad to be the
one in this thread to bring some light: Subversion will support sparse
directories in version 1.5. (The feature will be landing or has landed
on trunk.) I'm not sure there's an interface yet to checkout a single
file, but that would be a mere matter of time and budget to get it...

Bye,

Erik.

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