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Re: Is anyone working on "svn obliterate"?

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2005-02-01 04:53:57 CET

On Jan 31, 2005, at 9:46 PM, David Ripton wrote:

> Examples I've seen, that justify obliteration rather than just deleting
> from HEAD:
>
> 1. Config file with embedded password that can't quickly be changed
> 2. Private key file that can't quickly be changed
> 3. Copyright-violating artwork
> 4. Trade-secret document in a public repository
>

If your repository isn't public I doubt #3 is a real issue. But the
rest certainly make sense. Then there is also the very simple:

5. somebody made a mistake that takes tons of space.

You shouldn't have to live with that for the rest of time. With extra
tapes needed for backups and having to run out and upgrade disks on
your servers a couple years ahead of schedule, etc. The 'undo' feature
is a widely used feature of many programs. :) Subversion doesn't really
have one... it moves forward only. I know you can 'fake it' with a
reverse merge or something similar.. but that is like using white-out
instead of getting a fresh sheet of paper... sometimes it's sloppier.

Scott

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