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Re: More questions

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:55:41 -0500

On 6/14/2011 8:15 AM, Richard Cavell wrote:
> More noob questions about svn...
> 1. Is using externals a good idea?
> I've been told that it's generally a bad idea, and it feels to me like a
> bad idea, since it obfuscates what's going on in the repo. Is it often
> done for professional projects?

The place for externals is where you have components/libraries that are
shared among multiple projects. Using externals that you can pin to
particular tags/releases of the components will let you decouple the
development work so you don't break one project while improving shared
component features for a different one. If you don't have any shared
components, there's not much point - and you probably want to avoid
single-file externals since they are not as flexible.

> 2. Is there a means of keeping part of a file private? eg
> My password is xxxxxx
> where on my machine, the x's are replaced by some alphanumeric sequence,
> but someone who checks out the repo will not get the complete file.

No, you have to omit those things completely and have some other
mechanism to deal with getting the right values configured at or before

   Les Mikesell
Received on 2011-06-14 16:56:17 CEST

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