Reusing a checkout¶
At times, it can be useful to have a single checkout as your sandbox for working on multiple branches. Some possible reasons for this include:
saving disk space when the working tree is large
developing in a fixed location.
In many cases, working tree disk usage swamps the size of the
.brz directory. If you want to work on multiple branches
but can’t afford the overhead of a full working tree for each,
reusing a checkout across multiples branches is the way to go.
On other occasions, the location of your sandbox might be configured into numerous development and testing tools. Once again, reusing a checkout across multiple branches can help.
Changing where a branch is bound to¶
To change where a checkout is bound to, follow these steps:
Make sure that any local changes have been committed centrally so that no work is lost.
bindcommand giving the URL of the new remote branch you wish to work on.
Make your checkout a copy of the desired branch by using the
updatecommand followed by the
Note that simply binding to a new branch and running
merges in your local changes, both committed and uncommitted. You need
to decide whether to keep them or not by running either
An alternative to the bind+update recipe is using the
command. This is basically the same as removing the existing
branch and running
checkout again on the new location, except
that any uncommitted changes in your tree are merged in.
switch can potentially throw away committed changes in
order to make a checkout an accurate cache of a different bound branch,
it will fail by design if there are changes which have been committed
locally but are not yet committed to the most recently bound branch.
To truly abandon these changes, use the
Switching a lightweight checkout¶
With a lightweight checkout, there are no local commits and
effectively changes which branch the working tree is associated with.
One possible setup is to use a lightweight checkout in combination
with a local tree-less repository. This lets you switch what you
are working on with ease. For example:
brz init-shared-repo --no-trees PROJECT cd PROJECT brz branch bzr+ssh://centralhost/srv/brz/PROJECT/trunk brz checkout --lightweight trunk my-sandbox cd my-sandbox (hack away)
Note that trunk in this example will have a
.brz directory within it
but there will be no working tree there as the branch was created in
a tree-less repository. You can grab or create as many branches as you
need there and switch between them as required. For example:
(assuming in my-sandbox) brz branch bzr+ssh://centralhost/srv/brz/PROJECT/PROJECT-1.0 ../PROJECT-1.0 brz switch ../PROJECT-1.0 (fix bug in 1.0) brz commit -m "blah, blah blah" brz switch ../trunk (go back to working on the trunk)
Note: The branches may be local only or they may be bound to
remote ones (by creating them with
checkout or by using
after creating them with