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RE: development of externals?

From: Bicking, David (HHoldings, IT) <David.Bicking_at_thehartford.com>
Date: 2007-11-26 21:26:09 CET

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kenneth Porter [mailto:shiva@sewingwitch.com]
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 1:37 PM
> To: users@subversion.tigris.org
> Cc: Bicking, David (HHoldings, IT); Wolfgang.Stoecher@skf.com
> Subject: RE: development of externals?
> On Monday, November 26, 2007 10:45 AM -0500 "Bicking, David
> (HHoldings, IT)" <David.Bicking@thehartford.com> wrote:
> > I strongly encourage you to consider a binary compatability
> model for
> > shared code. Manage changes to the code like an
> independant project
> > and release binaries to the projects that use them. Those projects
> > can choose to use the newer version, and fall back if there are
> > problems. Of course, it all depends on how much disruption
> your teams want to accept.
> Or specify a repository revision, or use a tag, when
> referring to an external. If someone commits a change to the
> external reference, the explicit revision in the reference
> will "prevent the bookmark from moving".
> The effect is that the external references a known version,
> not the unstable HEAD.
> This allows each client project to control which version of
> the shared code it will use, and to upgrade only when it's
> safe to do so.

Specifying a revision is problematic as well
5). When you commit a change to the external project, then update it,
you "lose" your changes. This is why I suggested the binary references.
At the moment, I feel externals should be used either for read-only
source or for head revision reference with everybody understanding the

My feature requests from the referenced message still stand :)

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