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Re: Moving a repo into another?

From: Paul L Lussier <pll_at_lanminds.com>
Date: 2003-05-22 18:27:17 CEST

In a message dated: Wed, 21 May 2003 14:08:42 PDT
Dale Hirt said:

>Why move into a new repository at all? Subversion is designed to allow for
>directories to be moved around without losing change history. Why not
>simply rearrange your repos using svn move, and then add your two new
>projects into the svn repos?

Well, I thought of that, however, I think I still needed to do a
dump/load (not dump *a* load, mind you ;) because I needed to move
the top-level repository.

Here's the history. I started out with only a couple things which I
wanted under subversion in my home directory. I had a 'docs'
hierarchy, and 'devel' hierarchy. At the time I needed rev control
for this stuff, I wasn't ready to commit my entire home directory
structure to subversion for various reasons. So, on my local disk, I
have /usr/local/svn where I store all my repositories. I started out
with the following repos: /usr/local/svn/dev and /usr/local/svn/irmm.
(irmm being a subdirectory contained within my 'docs' hierarchy).

After a fit of reorganization yesterday, I realized that there we
several other things I needed under rev control within my home
directory, and, changes to certain files would likely happen while
changing many files at once. I use the svn log messages to comment
on what was going on when I commit all these files; i.e. a changeset.

The problem lie in that I began with two separate repositories which
had no connection and needed to create a third which was actually
connected to both of the others, thereby creating a link between all
three. To be able to log comments on groups of files in each
location, all three hierarchies need to be contained within a single
repository, no?

So, what I had was:

and I needed to add in:


Of which, irmm should be part of. Additionally, there are other
things within 'docs' which get touched when I make changes in 'dev'.
So, what I neeed/wanted to do was create 'home' hierarchy:


Then, move the entire 'irmm' repo under the 'home/docs/', and the 'dev'
repo under 'home'.

I suppose I could have:

        svn mv file:///usr/local/svn/dev file:///usr/local/svn/home
        svn mkdir file:///usr/local/svn/home/dev
        svn mkdir file:///usr/local/svn/home/docs

Then moved all the subdirs now under 'home' to 'home/dev'... It just
seemed easier to create a new repo and load the old one. It was
probably exactly the same amount of work either way at this point :)

Oh well. So, that's what I wanted to do. I did it, I have all my
histories, and everything is under one big happy repo :)

Thanks for all the replies!

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