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Re: Checking out individual files

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-29 01:06:38 CET

B. Smith-Mannschott wrote:

>> This isn't the first time this issue has been mentioned. The
>> subversion web page still claims that subversion has most of CVS's
>> features but misses on something as simple as this - and for no
>> particular technical reason that I can see.
>
> No?
>
> It seems to me that it's an unavoidable consequence of one of the most
> fundamental design points of Subversion's working copies:
>
> Working copies are to be transportable: they must not break if they are
> moved.
> ==> they must contain their meta-information so that it travels with them
> ==> in order to contain something, they must be directories.
> (excepting reiser4, I suppose)

You need a directory above and to create the .svn subdirectory. You
don't need to drag along the thousands of other files that might happen
to be in the same repository directory and its subdirectories if the
user doesn't want them.

> Can you see the appealing simplicity of keeping things directory-based?

Yes, but I don't see the attraction of pushing the entire contents of
that directory to someone who doesn't want it.

-- 
   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell@gmail.com
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