[RFC] Easy workspace set-up proposal

Parth Malwankar parth.malwankar at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 22:08:24 GMT 2009

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 5:52 PM, Ian Clatworthy
<ian.clatworthy at internode.on.net> wrote:
> Following feedback from Karl and others putting together the
> scenarios documentation, I've thrown together my latest thoughts
> on how we could simplify the "get me started" processes.
> I've registered a blueprint in Launchpad for this here:
> https://blueprints.edge.launchpad.net/bzr/+spec/easy-workspace-setup.
> The actual (draft) specification is on the wiki here:
> http://bazaar-vcs.org/DraftSpecs/EasyWorkspaceSetup.
> I'm sure many of us have thought about this issue a lot over time
> so I'd be interested to hear any feedback. If nothing else, we
> should probably turn the "Workspace models" section into an appendix
> of the User Guide, say. (If and when the proposed changes are
> implemented, the information could be presented much earlier.)
> Ian C.

Thanks for putting this together Ian. I have just started to "get" bzr
and I found this document very useful (especially the "local sandbox"

I personally prefer the "bzr branch" == "standalone tree" mapping
as this works quite well for most of my projects - most of these
are svn and bzr repos I just "build and use (or read)" without changing
 - basically local installs of a whole lot of software. I would think that
 this may be  fairly common case i.e. many read-only projects
+ some read-write.

FWIW,  I really like the idea of --sandbox and --trunk option instead
of changing the default behavior of bzr branch.

I was also wondering if it makes sense to cover converting from
one workflow to the other in this document (or does it belong somewhere
else). Till recently I was somewhat confused about it and didn't
know that it was possible [1].

[1] https://answers.launchpad.net/bzr/+question/61668

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