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Re: Questions on Subversion

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-06-08 13:35:08 CEST

On 6/8/07, Dilip Sundaramurthy <dilip.sundaramurthy@nxp.com> wrote:
> Hello group,
> I've been a using the tools Telelogic's CM SYNERGY and MatrixOne's
> DesignSync.
> Both these have tools have web-based Change/Problem Tracking and Reporting
> tools i.e.. Change SYNERGY & ProjectSync respectively.
> We have a small multi-site project to be implemented. So, I'm just curious
> to find if Subversion could fulfill this.
> I've installed the latest subversion on a Linux server & have been working
> on a few commands.
> Can anyone clarify me on these issues ?
> 1) Is there a web-based Problem/Change Tracking and Reporting tool, for
> Subversion ?

There are several. Trac, ViewVC, Jira, Bugzilla and plenty of other
systems can integrate with Subversion. A few quick Google searches
will turn them up.

> 2) I see that we can check-out files from the repository, into any
> directory. This leads to the files being fetched into different paths
> haphazardly.
> Is there a way to keep the workarea fixed ? i.e users should not be able to
> checkout to other directories, other than the defined workareas.
> In CM SYNERGY & DesignSync, I can associate/link a workarea to the
> repository.
> Is there any such method or command in SVN, to associate/link a workarea,
> with the repository ?

The server has no control over the client as you describe. This is a good thing.

> 3) I'm unable to check-out a single file, from a directory. SVN says.....
> "svn: file:///......................" refers to a file, not a directory.
> I'm able to check-out only directories. Can I not check-out file/files
> alone, without any directories ?

The smallest unit which can be checked out from Subversion is a
directory. This is revealed pretty early in the fine manual.

> 4) How & where do I define the users, who will access the Subversion
> repository ?

It depends on how you're serving the repository. If you use Apache,
you can integrate with LDAP. Again, all the options for this are
revealed in the fine manual, chapter 6 I believe.

> 5) Who will administer the SVN repository ?

That's a question your organization needs to work out. Unless you have
a different question in mind and the way you worded it is confusing.

> 6) Where do I assign the roles like Designer / Developer / Build Manager /
> Integrator etc.. ?

In the access control file. Back to Chapter 6 of the manual. But
Subversion doesn't really have fine-grained role ideas - you can
create groups of IDs, and assign permissions to those groups.

> 7) Pls provide some documentation on how multi-site projects any be
> implemented.

Define "multi-site projects"

> I kindly request the Subversion geeks, to help me in finding answers to the
> above questions.

Many of these answers are available in the manual at
http://svnbook.org/ and with some quick Google searches. _Pragmatic
Version Control_ and William Nagel's _Subversion Version Control_ are
also good books to read to get a better understanding of the software.
They are quick reads.

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Received on Fri Jun 8 13:35:39 2007

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