On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 1:27 AM, Ari Entlich <atrig...@ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> Hello all!
> At my current workplace, I have a git-svn repository which has an extremely
> large working directory. I did not use the --stdlayout option in this clone,
> so I have a number of branches in my working directory which duplicate large
> amounts of trunk. There is a particularly large subdirectory which has now
> been copied to branches four times (and hence shows up in my working
> directory 5 times). This directory and its copies are making up the vast
> majority of the files and storage space in my working directory. Furthermore,
> I do not need or want to have access to the data in these particular
> directories. Hence, I would like to use the sparse checkouts feature to
> exclude them from my working directory.
> Let's say that these directories are all called "thedir". What I would like
> to do with the sparse checkouts feature is to simply ignore directories with
> this name anywhere in the working tree. Intuitively, it seems like I should
> be able to put:
> or possibly
I think this should work (but I haven't tested it)
The first rule is to include all, the we exclude what we don't want
using the second one (trailing slash or not is ok).
> in the sparse-checkout file, but these don't seem to work. I've tried a
> number of other things, but I always seem to either get the "sparse checkout
> leaves no entry on working directory" error or no effect at all. In the end,
> I basically just don't really understand how this file is supposed to work,
> so I'd rather get some expert help here rather than thrashing about randomly.
> I realize that sparse checkouts is usually used to select a specific
> directory rather than what I'm trying to do, so I accept that what I want may
> simply not be possible with the current implementation. I've asked on IRC,
> but I wanted to ask here also since it seemed that most of the people I
> talked to weren't that familiar with the sparse checkouts feature.
> Note that, while using --stdlayout would mitigate the massive working
> directory somewhat, I would still probably want to exclude this directory
> from my worktree. I will probably do a reclone at some point and use
> --stdlayout, but I will still want to exclude this particular directory even
> at that point. I had a lot of people on IRC telling me to just use
> --stdlayout, which was a good suggestion, but didn't fully fulfill my needs.
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