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Re: Shared working copy

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:14:07 -0400

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 10:04, Michael Miller<mmiller_at_unitrindirect.com> wrote:
> I'm looking for feedback from anyone who might have worked with or can provide the pros & cons of multiple developers using a shared working copy.
>
> This process was proposed to solve some issues with a development group that maintains a vendor package (mostly COBOL) with many generated items and a unique build process.
>
> I've provided some reasons why this is may not work, but being relatively new to Subversion I would like some feedback from more experiences users.

Major con: How do you keep the work of 2 developers segregated? If I
change file A, and you change file B, then I perform a commit, it
looks (in the logs) like *I* changed B, and you may not have completed
your changes to B, and thus what's in the repository is broken
(compiler errors, maybe).

Or, maybe we're both working on B at the same time, and we clobber
each others' changes completely. Now what?

It's a bad idea from a potential dataloss perspective (note: it
wouldn't be Subversion causing dataloss here, it'd be the editors &
workflow), and even worse from an auditing perspective - you have no
idea who truly made each change.

Pro: Less disk space used. But disk is cheap.

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