File externals was my initial idea and 25 files are not really that
much. You set it up once and then just use it.
Another option would be to use client side hook scripts. Tortoise SVN
client supports several of them. SVN client would work with files in
their original folders, and hook scripts would synchronize these files with
the corresponding files in your work folder in pre-commit, pre-update, and
post-update scripts. Update phase would look like this:
- pre-update: copy files from
- post-update: copy files from
Commit phase would look like this:
- pre-commit: copy files from
There's no need for post-commit hook.
Yet another option would be to use features of the file system, like symbolic
links in Windows and Linux. The case is identical to the previous one,
but without the previous hooks, because the files are already synchronized
(because they are the same files on the disk). You still need to create the
links after the checkout, either manually running a script once, or in a
post-update hook script.