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Looking for the equivalent of p4 obliterate...

From: Justin Hahn <jeh_at_Isomorphic.net>
Date: 2003-01-07 06:44:52 CET

I'm a long time perforce user (some of you may be familiar with it,
others not...) I've been playing with subversion lately, and generally
my experience has been VERY positive. So far, for the most part, it
looks like you've taken the best aspects of perforce, CVS and bitkeeper
and melded them into a really nice SCM. (I'm very nearly a convert...)

However, I've yet to figure out how to completely, and truly, delete
something from a repository. I know, I know, this is a bad idea. But
every now and again someone goes and does something so truly and
absolutely brain-dead you don't even want it in the repository. (or
then, sometimes, there are political reasons... Telling the VP of
Development that you can't permanently remove some files, no matter how
bad an idea it is doesn't always fly...)

Perforce has a very handy way of doing this: the "obliterate" command
(which requires admin access to the repository, and a bunch of other
safeguards.) Is there an equivalent function in svnadmin or the svn?
While I can probably live without it, this functionality has been quite
valuable on a couple occasions. (You checked in how many gigs? Why the
hell? etc.) Even with CVS, if you really new what you were doing, you
could pull this off with rm and some editing.

The only thing I could find in the archives was a short thread from
about a year ago suggesting this was to be implemented.

--jeh (please cc me, I'm not on the list..)

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