svn & new pkg system

David Brodbeck gull at
Thu Mar 14 22:01:22 UTC 2013

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM, Giorgos Keramidas
<keramida at>wrote:

> Having svn-X.0 in the source tree, imported at great expense of time and
> effort, will provide exactly _zero_ benefits if the underlying format of
> the repository changes (like subversion likes doing really often).

I agree with your other points, but I think it's worth noting that this
particular one isn't actually a concern when it comes to retrieving source
code.  The subversion *client* doesn't have to care about the server's
repository format.  All SVN 1.x clients work with all SVN 1.x servers; you
just may miss out on some advanced features or optimizations if there's a
mismatch, since it'll settle on the lowest common denominator.

The *working copy* format does change between client versions, but that's
easily resolved by checking out a fresh WC.

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