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  • with apologies to Miguel de Cervantes, Pierre Menard, Joe Darion, and Sophia Loren/Sheena Easton ...

    the workflow with subversion would be the same, except the default output of 'svn diff' is usable by patch, so no special command needed.

    I used the equivalent of svn diff | ( cd $newdir; patch) just the other day to propagate changes from a local svn tree to one built with https login & comit bit.

    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • Subversion makes the mental overhead of creating a repository very much greater than any DVCS, where you just say git init or hg init or bzr init or whatever you prefer – there’s no need to pick a place for you repository, it just goes wherever your working copy is. There’s also no need to turn the current directory into a working copy after checking it in initially by checking it right back out, which may in turn require casting a path to a URL (since svnadmin only works locally).

      It seems

      • well, what i was patching has public read only repository, so i didn't have to create one. (it may be a bug or feature that creating a new one on googlecode takes mousing not commands.) I applied the diff-is-patch from my anonymous checkout with tested fixes in it to a new authenticated checkout with comit privs in addition to uploding the patch file, redundant i know.

        i see your point that if you have just a tarball of source, creating a local repository easily is good. Needing a cheat sheet for creating a local repositry would be a drag. Nothing that can't be scripted to a single cowmand though. and you can use the same repository in ~/svn for multiple projects if interleaving versions isn't going to be a problem for your security and compliance officer.

        # I had a sig when sigs were cool
        use Sig;
        • Nothing that can’t be scripted to a single command though.

          Sure, but you have to do it. Subversion does not (and by its nature as a centralised system cannot) provide a useful default for you, so everyone needs to establish their own convention and then script the sequence to their preferences. That’s obvious blinking twelve territory.