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Re: Cleaning up work area with svn

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-04-09 16:06:21 CEST

Bas Mevissen wrote:

> Well, you gave the answer yourself. Yes, i would propose to let svn have
> an option to really clean your workarea like a clean checkout where the
> working files that are under source control remain.
> IMNSHO, it makes sense as it is the last step everyone should do before
> commit: cleanup everything NOT under source control, build and
> (smoke)test again and then check in.

Where I live, that is 'make realclean' or 'make distclean' so I don't understand
why you think the svn client has to do it for you. I use the Makefile to remove
the derived project files, at which point 'svn status' will give me the modified
and unknown files remaining.

What confuses me about what you are proposing is that if I have forgotten to
check something in (but I have added it to my build system), your route would
blow away my now required file, with no recourse. So I would have to recreate
all of my hard work (and maybe not make that mistake again ;).

Subversion should never delete files it knows nothing about. Period. Even with
--force. Ever. (I feel kind of strongly about this, can't you tell?)


John Peacock
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