On Fri, 2006-08-04 at 09:56 +1000, Brian May wrote: > For documentation on checkouts and bound branches, see > > http://bazaar-vcs.org/CheckoutTutorial > > http://bazaar-vcs.org/BzrUsingBoundBranches > > However, I am not convinced the following paragraph in the first > page is correct: > > "Getting a checkout is generally faster than making a copy of a > branch. The catch though is that whenever the checkout needs to look > at the RCS data it will do so by accessing the branch. This holds true > even if the branch is on some distant network that you accessed over > the internet." Yes, thats bogus. Getting a heavyweight checkout is identical to getting a new branch. Getting a lightweight one *may* be cheaper, depending on how much history is needed to reconstruct file versions. > To me, this sounds like it might be talking about a "lightweight > checkout", as I believe a checkout is a complete copy of the branch, > and network access is only required for commits or updates. "Bound > branches in bzr take the place of remote 'checkouts' in systems like > CVS or SVN and we refer to them as 'checkouts'. (bzr also supports > "lightweight checkouts", which are like local checkouts, and aren't > branches at all.)" > > Can anyone confirm/deny? A checkout --lightweight over the net is currently not a good thing to do. When the smart server is released, that will be about the same performance as traditional client-server vcs's like CVS or SVN. > > My central dislike of bzr is bugs like: > > http://bugs.debian.org/380412 > https://launchpad.net/products/bzr/+bug/54253 > > ...which unfortunately makes it unusable for some of my applications. Are you doing conversions from SVN? Current bzr uses 20MB of ram to do a native branch operation in similar circumstances. (bug report gets fixed, new at 11 :)). 0.9RC1 is out, and 0.9 will be out Monday/Tuesdau. As soon as that lands in debian the bug should be closed. Rob -- GPG key available at: <http://www.robertcollins.net/keys.txt>.
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