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Re: Organizing SVN reposities

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-06-17 20:16:37 CEST

"Han The Man" <hantheman12@hotmail.com> writes:

> > > 1) I'd like to put everything we have under version control -
> > > including source code, documentation (MS Office files, etc) and binary
> > > files for release to customers. So there will be many large, binary
> > > files. Any problems with this approach?
> >
> >Svn handles binary files just fine, much better than cvs. But
> >remember that svn can't permanently delete a file. Unlike cvs, you
> >can't just go into the repository and blow away a huge RCS file for
> >some customer-binary-release. For now, the svn repository only ever
> >gets bigger.
> I see. Are there planes to add a permant delete feature later on? Not
> important, unless of course, the repository size gets out of hand.

Yes, see issue #516.

> One way to clean things up, perhaps, is to check out the entire
> repository, delete what needs to be deleted and import again. Is this
> possible without loosing revision history? (other than checking
> out/importing revision by revision)

Yes, use 'svnadmin dump | svndumpfilter | svnadmin load'. That
reconstructs a whole new repository, with the offending path "filtered
out" of the history. That's the workaround for now.

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