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Re: merge should copy-with-history

From: William Uther <will+_at_cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 2002-08-08 17:18:50 CEST

Hi all,

On Thursday, August 8, 2002, at 02:17 AM, Branko ╚ibej wrote:

> I don't agree. Merge was broken by design, and Philip's patch unbreaks
> it somewhat. See my other post.

I'm not as sure as everyone else that the correct fix has been chosen
for this borkenness. The results are close to right, but I'll post my
concerns anyway. If I understand the original problem correctly then
you want the history recorded to make merging easier (from issue 838).
However, and I agree this is a minor point, it will make merging new
files give very different output to 'svn log' than files that already
existed. I think this shows a small semantic issue with this solution -
I'm not sure how much of a problem this is.

This example is similar to the one in Issue 820 (a post-1.0 possible

svn commit -m "original stuff" myFile # (rev 1)
svn cp http://.../trunk/project/ http://.../branch/blah/project/ # (rev
svn switch http://.../branch/blah/project/
edit myFile myOtherFile
svn add myOtherFile
svn commit -m "changes on branch" # (rev 3)
svn switch http://.../trunk/project/
svn merge -r 2:HEAD http://.../branch/blah/project/
svn commit -m "merged from branch blah" # (rev 4)

If my understanding is correct, then the you'll get the following output
for log:

svn log myFile # in my random format

Rev 4: * merged from branch blah
Rev 1: * original stuff

svn log myOtherFile # in my random format

Rev 4: * merged from branch blah
Rev 3: * changes on branch

Note that the log for myOtherFile includes the logs messages from the
branch, whereas the log for myFile does not.

I think the reason is that copy-with-history is NOT what you want here
(although it is a good approximation). What you really want are those
post-1.0 merge properties telling that help diff figure out repeated
merges. They give merge history (solving the diff problem that prompted
this discussion) without log history (which merges shouldn't touch - or
at least should be consistent about).


\x/ill :-}

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