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Re: Storing VS binaries in Subversion

From: Eric Nicholson <enicholson_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-06-14 18:26:03 CEST

On 6/14/07, Toby Johnson <toby@etjohnson.us> wrote:

> In this case I would recommend setting up a separate repo for the binary
> stuff. That way your source code repo remains light, small, and fast,
That's great for using blame if you care about it, but having your
code repo depend on a second repo that needs to be kept in sync is
definitely not light, small, or fast.

Being able to check out a fresh or old copy of the code and build is
much more important than diffing/merging/blaming imho.

The principal of not putting artifacts into SCM probably goes back to
RCS days, and a lot has changed since then. It's still generally good
guidance, but there are cases where it needs to be done. There are
only a couple relatively minor tweaks to subversion that would make it
relatively painless: support actual modification times and
configurable conflict resolution.

The worries about expensive binary deltas, poor performance, and
difficult merging aren't as significant as you might think compared to
the alternatives.

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