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Re: svnadmin create complains about subrepositories

From: Kris Deugau <kdeugau_at_vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:55:40 -0500

Fabian Richter wrote:
> To be frank: I dont see why I am not able to create nested repos

A Subversion repository, from the point of view of the filesystem it
lives on, is intended to be (mostly) a black box that you interact with
through the SVN repository access layer you've configured.

> or
> what you mean that they need to be peers...

You can have a set of repositories side-by-side like so:


You can't put another repository inside another, *at the same filesystem
level*, like so:


You *can*, if you really want, add a filesystem location containing a
SVN repository as content to an existing repository... although how
you'd access it usefully is another matter.

> You say a repo folder can have the content i need it to have. I need
> them to have other repos. To be sure we are talking about the same
> thing:
> /repos1
> /repos1/repos2
> /repos1/repos3

Can you expand on why you really need to do this? Why can't you use
folders in a single repository, or just leave /repos1 as a regular
filesystem directory, that contains repositories?

To ask things a bit differently, does arbitrary content under the URL
that leads to /repos1 need to be version-controlled (eg, /repos1/file1),
or is all the version-controlled content one layer deeper

> something like that. And the comparison to mysql DB doesnt make sense,
> because in a dbms I am able to deklare multiple databases for the same
> server or "root" dir, thats what is apparently not possible for svn...

Well, when you create a MySQL database, the tabledefs at least all go
into /path/to/mysqldir/database2 - you can't put them in

Subversion is pretty much the same, except you as administrator have
somewhat more control of the filesystem location of each repository;
it's perfectly possible (if inadvisable unless you need to isolate repo
groups) to put a couple of repositories under /path/to/repgroup1, and
another group under /another/place/repogroup2, and a lonely one off by
itself in /some/other/repo.

Received on 2011-02-10 19:56:23 CET

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