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Re: SVN 1.7 - check out single file?

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 13:14:39 -0400

On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 13:10, Phil Pinkerton <pcpinkerton_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7/1/2011 11:38 AM, Joe.Floeder_at_sungard.com wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andy Levy [mailto:andy.levy_at_gmail.com]
>> Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 10:22 AM
>> To: Andy Levy; users_at_subversion.apache.org
>> Subject: Re: SVN 1.7 - check out single file?
>> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 17:05, Stefan Sperling<stsp_at_elego.de>  wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 02:49:58PM -0400, Andy Levy wrote:
>>>> With the new way WCs are managed, will it be possible to check out a
>>>> single file, instead of having to do multiple steps with sparse
>>>> directories just to get a single file in a directory? Looking at the
>>>> release notes and CHANGES file, I think the answer is "no", but I
>> need
>>>> someone more knowledgeable to back me up here before I take the
>> answer
>>>> back to the person who asked me. Thanks.
>>> No, you still need to checkout a directory. But it sounds like the
>>> new --parents option of svn update might help you a bit:
>> http://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.7.html#update-parents
>> We'll have to see how Tortoise implements this, as that's what most
>> folks here are using.
>> It's an edge case for us, it's only 2 or 3 people who are affected by
>> the issue of too many items to check out just to update a single file.
>> There may be more people who would like this feature than you think.
>> Actually this ability is just what we are looking for.  We are migrating
>> off of SCCS and RCS to SVN.  We organize our 9000 source files into two
>> directories.  We were disappointed that svn did not allow single file
>> checkout.  90% of our work is maintenance involving 'work tickets' that
>> affect only one or two files. So right now, in test, our checkouts run
>> 4-10 minutes (depending on other server tasks and network traffic).
>> This, as an optional ability, would be great for us.
> On the same note I have been involved with migrating some 200 VSS databases
> to Subversion, one of the big issues is the ability to checkout a single
> file, we default to using export in those cases as many checkouts , updates
> and commits are done via scripts.
> The other issue with regards to functionality of Subversion vs VSS is that
> many times VSS gets files from multiple locations in the database and puts
> them in the working directory. We find it difficult if not impossible to do
> the same with Subversion.

In what ways could svn:externals be improved to do what you need?

My memories of "sharing" in VSS are all nightmares.
Received on 2011-07-01 19:15:53 CEST

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