at work i have minimal/no svn. most development is done on remote live/staging servers (jeah frightens me too).
at home 100% is local and in svn.
i believe my work situation is not so uncommon :/
myel wrote:getting the directory tree via putty/find would be quite fast, but it won't work with ftp-only servers ( sadly, some people still have to work that way ).
for an universal solution, the recursive listing via winscp would be the way to go (works with ftp), but it's slow on deep trees.
maybe asynchronously building of the directory-tree and using some kind of intelligent cache like you mentionend, would hide the slowness of that approach from the user (at least caching will, after the initial directory-tree is build).
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