5. What’s the Difference Between Populate and Update? : Data Structures Used by Populate and Update

Data Structures Used by Populate and Update
The simplicity of AccuRev’s day-to-day usage model stems, in large part, from the fact that you don’t need to worry about the “big picture” of your organization’s development scheme and process. Instead, you only need to concern yourself with:
the workspace in which you maintain your private copies of version-controlled files
the workspace’s backing stream, a “data switchboard” that organizes the sharing of files’ changes with other members of your development team
The illustration below shows how a workspace and its backing stream typically appear in the AccuRev StreamBrowser:
But a workspace actually consists of two parts:
the workspace tree, an ordinary directory tree (“just a bunch of files”)
the workspace stream, which contains all of the workspace’s configuration management information
So the picture looks more like this:
The above illustration shows one important difference between a workspace’s two parts: the workspace tree lives in “AccuRev client space”, while the workspace stream lives in “AccuRev Server space”. The following table summarizes all the important differences.
Contains no actual files, just version objects that point to files in permanent storage
Contains only files and directories, which you can edit, compile, copy, etc.
The following sections expand on these differences.

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