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From Eric Ahlstrom <>
Subject SVN compatibility question
Date Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:53:03 GMT
To whom it may concern,

Sorry, I'm not a software developer so this message is not following the
protocol for reporting bugs.  Our company primarily deals with aircraft
electronics integration.  Software is a small part of our operations and
our people have used Tortoise SVN successfully for years in that area.

Our hardware department uses a popular CAD package called SolidWorks.
Normally, this package allows us to build and document assemblies with
parts automatically populating BOM's and reporting to multiple assemblies.
In a standard file system, we can rename files, move them from one
directory to another, restructure common part files, etc. all while
SolidWorks maintains the links between these files and their associations.

In an effort to maintain version control and prevent multiple users from
editing the same file at the same time, we migrated all of our CAD files to
Tortoise SVN.  Now our assemblies routinely crash, hardware loses its
associations randomly, BOM's collapse and have to be rebuilt, and
renaming/reorganizing files requires incredibly complex work arounds.
Essentially, a CAD user has to know every file association in advance of a
move, open every association, and copy/rename/edit/delete dozens of files
in specific combination and order.  Often, 100 hour assemblies are
corrupted and have to be remade from scratch.

We are running and any attempts to upgrade to a newer version
have crashed everything.  Obviously, this version is out of date and at
some point will no longer be available for new users.  Please do not say we
simply need to upgrade.  We need some input from a party that understands
how SolidWorks manipulates files.

It seems that SolidWorks is fundamentally incompatible with SVN.  If
possible, could the SVN community tell us if this is the case?  Does anyone
know of another organization using SVN for SolidWorks PDM (product data

Thank you,
Eric Ahlstrom
R&D Manager
Borsight Inc. 3525 Airport Road,  Ogden, UT 84405
Mobile: (*775) 302-6762*  Fax: (801) 409-1487
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