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Re: Is it possible to distribute a folder with an edited .svn directory

From: Holger Stratmann <tigris_at_finch.de>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 01:27:56 +0100

I'm confused by two things:

1) Why you're asking this question on a mailing list when you could just
try it in about 30 seconds?
In fact, I think trying it would've been faster than writing the mail.

2) As Ryan already asked: What would be the advantage?? All your users
would still have to install SVN clients and once they've done that, the
command for pulling the "entire contents of the repository" is just a
single (usually short) line and it is MUCH easier to distribute a line
of text than it is to distribute a zip file. You should also be aware of
the fact that the working copy format changes from one version to the
next. It's usually compatible in only one direction, i.e. 1.5 clients
can read 1.4 working copies (well, they actually don't work with them,
they upgrade them immediately), but not the other way around.

I had actually thought about something similar (this is still a
theoretical thought because the project has not yet switched to
Subversion) for getting a "partial" checkout. Using the new Sparse
directory feature, you can check out any "subset" of the repository, but
possibly, you need a long sequence of commands.
I had thought about providing a batch file/shell script for users to get
a useful partial checkout...

I think that would just make more sense than sending them a "crippled"
working copy...


Merul Patel wrote:
> I'm wondering whether it's possible to simplify the process for
> collaborators to setup their own working copy of a repository by
> downloading a ZIP archive that contains a partial working copy.
> The partial working copy would contain a folder to represent the root
> of the repository they want to check out, and then a .svn directory
> configured with the URL of the repository.
> They could then simply do an SVN update on that directory to fetch the
> entire contents of the repo. Is this possible at all?
> Thanks,
> Merul
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