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Re: Not a bug, but a subversion design issue that perhaps needs addressing......comments please

From: David Corley <davidcorley_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 15:39:44 +0000

I was thinking it could be possibly caught at commit time? Or am I missing
something?

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 3:33 PM, Daniel Widenfalk
<Daniel.Widenfalk_at_iar.se>wrote:

> David Corley wrote:
> > Hey all,
> > We've just implemented Subversion at our workplace, and after getting
> > everything running well together we ran into an odd problem last week.
> > One of our less experience team members inadvertently created an
> > svn:externals reference on a directory to a higher-level directory in
> > the same repository. This had the unfortunate effect of infinite
> > recursion on the directory, which in turn made updating difficult to say
> > the least.
> >
> > My multi-part question is:
> > 1. Does a subversion working copy contain the reference to the
> > repository where it was checked-out from?
> > 2. Assuming 1) is true, are there valid reasons why SVN would allow a
> > repo to have an svn:external reference to itself?
> > 3. Assuming 2) is false, is there a design case for some sort of check
> > on the svn:external property to ensure it doesn't reference the current
> > repository?
> >
> > WRT to 1), I'm guessing the alternative is that the SVN client rather
> > than the working copy retains the reference to the repo.
> > WRT to 3), There's only a major issue if the svn:external property
> > references a directory higher in the hierarchy than that which has the
> > svn:external property, which causes the infinite recursion.
> >
> > I'll welcome any comments on the issue.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Dave
>
> Hi all,
>
> I gave this a dime of my time and figured that you'd get a
> similar problem with two (or more) repositories that cross
> reference each other using svn:external. The only possible
> solution I can see would be for the client checkout code to
> handle this (if at all possible).
>
> Regards
> /Daniel Widenfalk
>
>
>
>
>

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