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From David Weintraub <>
Subject Re: svn usage tips
Date Tue, 02 Mar 2010 22:57:15 GMT
On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM, Paul Decker <> wrote:
> I am talking about checking out a single project, however the "projects" all
> use the same folders, like shared folders.  So when you do a get on the top
> level, you get all the files for every project rather than just the files
> for the project of interest

What does your repository directory structure look like? I don't need
a detailed picture. Just an overview.

It sounds like you're saying that the structure looks like this:


If you are working on /project1, you need to checkout folders
/common1, /common2, /common3, /common4 too.

If that's the case, you'll need to use --depth:

$ # Checks out the root project, but no folders
$ svn co --depth=empty svn://subversion/ workspace-project1
$ cd workspace-project1

$ #Now we have to "update" the missing folders
$ svn update --set-depth=infinity project1 common1 common2 common3 common4

This will checkout your project, and the needed shared folders. When
you do an update, it won't "update" the missing stuff.

A better way is to use "externals". Take a look at
<>. This
is the way shared folders are suppose to be used. That way, you can
set the version of the shared folder with the project. For example, it
is possible that the latest version of the shared folder might not be
compatible with the version of the project.

This way, you can checkout project1 and all the common folders will
automatically be checkout too.

David Weintraub

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