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Re: Sparse Directories vs Externals

From: Steinar Bang <sb_at_dod.no>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:38:46 +0100

>>>>> void pointer <rcdailey_at_gmail.com>:

> Good question, I'm not really sure. To be honest I'm not the one
> wanting to avoid them, I have a co-worker who thinks they are the
> plague. I don't see how relative externals change much.

What they do change, is that they are no longer bound to the absolute
path (or absolute URL) of the repository, so that if you move your
entire repository to a different location on the same server, or a
different server, the externals would still work.

FWIW the place I've been using externals, is to include DocBook XSL
style sheets and build files, as a subdirectory of multiple DocBook
documents. Which should be close to your 1. It worked fine, but was of
course fragile because of the absolute URLs in the externals, prior to
1.5.

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