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Re: 'svn merge' interface

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2002-04-03 23:24:40 CEST

On Tue, Apr 02, 2002 at 04:08:09PM -0600, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> * USES of 'svn merge':
> - usecase #1: dry-run update:

I'd suggest a different term than "dry-run" if you're going to document this
stuff any where. "dry-run" has connotations of "don't do anything", meaning
a user might not expect it to modify their local files.

> svn merge wcpath -r N
> Client reports state, server drives an update through a
> diff-editor. The diff-editor merges changes into working copy,
> but unlike a regular update, no .svn/ data (i.e. working
> revisions) are changed. Everything is just a local mod.
> XXX Doesn't work yet, but only for stupid reasons, not
> theoretical.

and case 1b, where wcpath is omitted, so it defaults to "."

> - usecase #2: pure repository-side diff:
> svn merge <location> -r N:M
> Two versions of the same fs path are diffed on server, and
> diff-editor applies 3-way merge to working files, resulting in
> local mods.
> A. no wc required: svn merge URL -r N:M
> XXX Syntax problem: to what wcpath should the merge be
> applied??


The semantics are "merge <this> URL from revs N to M into my wc"

Conceivably, you might have a wcpath *and* a URL, where the former specifies
the target of the merge [and defaults to "."].

> B. wcpath converted to URL: svn merge wcpath -r N:M
> wcpath is also doubling as the place to which the merge is
> applied.

       C. svn merge -r N:M
          same as (B), but with "." as the wcpath

> - usecase #3: merging an arbitrary changeset:
> svn merge URL1 -r N URL2 -r M
> XXX Do we want to allow this? I say yes. Flexibility.

Our code can definitely support it, so then we just need to talk about

> XXX Syntax problem: how do we specify two independent revs?

This is where the @rev (or was it #rev?) syntax comes in:

    svn merge URL1@N URL2@N

> XXX Syntax problem: to what wcpath should the merge be applied?

"." is the default, but there ought to be a way to specify the target
wcpath, too.


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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