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Re: simple question on branching

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 12:56:34 -0400

On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 09:44, KM <info4km_at_yahoo.com> wrote:
> We don't often use branching and/or merging based on the simple nature of our version releases with very little overlap.  We have a longer ranging version - the next 7 months or so in progress.   Since we are getting ready to deliver some file changes I'd like to use the trunk instead of a branch just because it's easier.
> There is a very little chance we would really need to release anything to the previous production level during these 7 months. If it came up I was going to just copy the tag to a branch and use that for development - and basically tagging it (or maybe even merging into the tag).
> Any reason that creating a permanent branch on the tree would matter -- i mean never merging it anywhere?   I don't see what harm it would have really - but I just wanted to be sure in case I decide to branch from the production  version of the trunk instead.
> Probably a silly question - but it's good to have input from others who branch and merge regularly.
> Thx for any help.   If it matters - we are still on svn 1.4.3.

A "permanent branch" with no merging sounds more like a fork than a
branch - a snapshot of your project at a moment in time, then it
continues on its own independent development path. Shouldn't be any
issues from a technical perspective, it just might get difficult to
manage if at some point you do need to merge between the 2 forks.
Received on 2010-11-03 17:57:54 CET

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