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Re: Little question about directory copies

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_galois.collab.net>
Date: 2001-02-21 15:19:09 CET

Greg Hudson <ghudson@mit.edu> writes:
> Sorry to distract people from their fs work, but this has been bugging
> me for a while.
> Suppose I'm ready to make a release branch for a very large project.
> I go to my working directory and run:
> svn branch foo foo-1.7
> svi ci
> (or maybe I just use "svn cp"; I don't know whether the current plan
> is to have two separate operations or not). In the repository, after
> the commit, foo and foo-1.7 will point to the same node-revision, and
> future changes will result in all the cool copy-on-write stuff talked
> about in the structure document.
> My question is, what happens in the working directory when I run the
> "svn branch" command?

I think it should switch over too, unless you explicitly request that
it not. On this matter, imho CVS fails: I've seen so many users
become confused at CVS's default behavior, which is to *not* switch
the working copy over to the just-created branch.

However, I haven't given it much thought beyond that instinctive
reaction, as it's a user-interface decision that won't really affect
much underlying code. So maybe there's some advantage to the CVS way
that I'm not thinking of here.

Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:22 2006

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