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Team development issues

From: Scott Sharkey <ssharkey_at_linuxunlimited.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:02:47 -0400

Hello all,

I have a team of web developers working off a common base of code which
is managed in a subversion repository (cake-php app). We do have a
development server, with each developer having an account there, but
some of the developers (for various reasons) prefer to work on their
local environments (both Windows and linux). The problem that I'm
having is that the application uses several configuration files, and
.htaccess files. Sometimes, these configs/.htaccess files require local
modifications to work in the local developer environment.

If I mark the files to be ignored, then a new checkout of the
application is non-functional, since there are no configs, and more
importantly, no .htaccess files. Recreating them is non-trivial.
But if I don't ignore them, then any local developer doing a checkin
overwrites the "common" case files with their local modifications, which
are NOT necessary in a "production" rollout.

What I've done so far is to rename each of the config files from, say
core.php to core.php.default, and the .htaccess to .htaccess.default.
Then, the user is required to copy the default files to the actual
files in order to make a working application. I then set SVN to ignore
the non-default files. I suppose I could write an installation script
to rename the .default files if it became necessary.

Does this make sense, and is there a better way to address the problem?

Thanks!!!

-Scott

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