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Possible drawbacks for having duplicate local sources of the project tracking the same Git remote
I have started working on an Angular upgrade for a medium-sized project (from v. 10 to v. 15) and this is a rather long activity that is interrupted by other changes that need to be performed on the same project.
I have created another branch for the upgrade, but switching back to another branch takes a lot of time (
npm install is very slow and the first
npm start is the same) since branches use different node versions (I am switching these using nvm on Windows).
I am thinking of creating a local copy of the project, that tracks the same remote and work separately in the upgrade branch. Doing so requires being more careful (e.g. syncing changes done in the main branch).
Shortly put, I want to avoid making changes to the upgrade branch
node_modules folder (as much as possible) until the upgrade is done.
Are there any other drawbacks to doing the local copy? Or is there any other solution to avoid wasting a lot of time switching back and forth from the upgrade branch?