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Re: Looking for the equivalent of p4 obliterate...

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2003-01-07 14:46:58 CET

Justin Hahn wrote:

> 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.

well, nobody's saying that we shouldn't have this feature, but due to
the fact that the file system is designed specifically /not/ to ever
lose data, it's not exactly a simple change. what you're asking for
will most likely be implemented post 1.0 as a result.

that said, if you're willing to get intimately familiar with our dump
format, you could likely manage to dump the repository, restore
everything from before the stuff you don't want went in, then
selectively add in revisions after that point excluding the parts that
involve the stuff you're trying to get rid of. i'm not positive this
would work, but i suspect it would, although it would likely not be much
fun to do.

-garrett

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