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Re: GUI Diff on Repository HEAD and "a" directory?

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-18 16:02:06 CET

On 3/18/07, Tom Malia <tommalia@ttdsinc.com> wrote:
> Maybe I'm coming at this the wrong way… Is there a way to treat a
> subversion repository like any other directory in a file system? If I can
> do that, then I should be able to use any Diff tool that supports standard
> directory comparisons and point it at the Subversion repository directory
> for one of the sources and my "working" folder for the other. In scanning
> the posts to this forum, it looks like there is something that might let me
> do this? WebDav or something? If so, what's the bare minimum I would need
> to get this functional? Can I only do this if I use the Apache server to
> serve up the SVN repo?
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Generally, I would say the answer to your question is no. I do not recall
VSS having this feature either, but I have not used it in years. VSS might
have its own diff command that can do what you want, but I do not recall
being able to treat a VSS repository like a file system.

Subversion with WebDAV could potentially do this. But I think you would
need a third party tool like WebDrive that lets you mount a WebDAV
repository as a drive letter. And yes this all requires using the Apache
server option. I think the performance would be pretty bad for something
like this and I would not recommend it.

Subversion does have the export command which will let you export a tree
into a set of "vanilla" folders. You could then diff the export with the
file system that you wanted to compare against.

Mark Phippard
Received on Sun Mar 18 16:02:29 2007

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