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Re: Removing old files from repository

From: Edmund Horner <edmund_at_chrysophylax.cjb.net>
Date: 2003-05-17 15:05:01 CEST

> is there a way to remove files/versions of files from the repository
> that were outdated after some revision or date? (This might help to
> reduce the size of a repository that has used for a long time) I expected
> "svnadmin" to have such a functionality but it doesn't. If there is no
> such feature available right now, does the architecture and date base
> scheme of subversion make it possible to add it later?

I understand it to be a future feature called "svn obliterate". I don't
think it would allow only removing old revisions though.

Before then, you can dump the repository, edit the dump file, and then
rebuild a new one without certain paths that you don't want any more. I
think there is even some kind of filter program that removes unwanted
paths for you while doing "svnadmin load"... I can't remember what it's
called though.

Since all that's quite a lot of work for both the human and the
computer, it's only worth mentioning if you have really gigantic parts
of the repository that you simply don't want any more, or if you have
parts that are too sensitive to leave in there...


PS. The word "paths" in the above is probably the wrong word...

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Received on Sat May 17 15:06:43 2003

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