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Branch Manager

From: Rod Macpherson
Subject: Branch Manager
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 11:06:18 -0700

Apologies in advance if this is the wrong mailing list but it's the only one that looked promising.
We have a base set of files that we customize on a per-client basis. Each client has a mirror image of the base directory structure. Each client does not have a mirror image of the base files but rather only those files that require customization exist in the client directory tree. Prior to building a client we merge the client tree with the base tree using a simple recursive copy and then build. That simple approach is well organized and effective however there are some drawbacks.
This is not the typical branching situation since there will never be any merging of client code back in to the main trunk. There is also resistence to using CVS branches since everybody contributing to the project (content developers, technical writers) must now manage branch labels versus just plopping changes for Acme in the Acme folder. I would really be interested in hearing from anybody who has ideas on managing highly selective client changes for a large number of clients.

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