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Re: svn diff output

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-09-16 09:59:22 CEST

Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> With these and a very little state information ("I'm a daughter
> repostory of X, forked at commit T"), we could start doing
> Bitkeeper-like repository sync operations. That's the possibility
> that interests me -- of supporting hierarchies of repositories in
> which action diffs are used to support shipping changes up towards the
> root.

Take a look at CLKao's work with SVK:


which is a tool built on top of Subversion that among other things supports
repository mirrors (via VCP to CVS and P4 even). It doesn't really do
hierachies of repositories, but it does support mirroring a remote repository
and maintaining a local development stream which can ultimately be used to
commit to the parent repository. He has also implemented smart merging (and
cherry pick merges), so no more need to keep track of when the last merge was
applied to a branch.

He has also recently introduced a patch management feature which will allow
patch submission and management, either as conventional unified diffs, or as a
semi-custom format which has exactly the same effect on the Subversion level.
He intends to build a simple patch manager app which someone could use to
automate applying supplied patches to the repository.


John Peacock
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