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From: dherring_at_[hidden]
Date: 2007-08-27 09:58:59

On Thu, 23 Aug 2007, Michael Marcin wrote:
> Rene Rivera wrote:
>> Michael Marcin wrote:
>>> Is it possible to create a high level (probably top level) always empty
>>> directory that I can svn switch to? Switch into empty allows me to
>>> easily update and watch only the folders I care about and its a
>>> recommended practice to improve svn size and performance.
>> Hm, that's interesting... But how does it help with the first update
>> which contains those "bazillion megabytes" before you can do the switch
>> to the empty dir?
> My workaround is to update and after it starts grabbing files in a
> folder I don't care about I cancel, svn switch that folder to empty, and
> then update again... rinse and repeat until the update succeeds.
> I'm sure there is a better way.

To only grab specific directories, the -N flag prevents recursion.
e.g. A skeleton of boost and most of smart_ptr can be grabbed by
> svn co -N boost
> cd boost
> svn up -N boost doc libs tools
> svn up libs/smart_ptr

This behaves like an "automount" filesystem -- directories don't appear
until you ask for them.

- Daniel

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