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Re: Renaming a checked out repository path

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-04-01 16:59:16 CEST

On Apr 1, 2005, at 6:40 AM, Torsten Landschoff wrote:

> Hi *,
> As I am reorganizing some subversion repositories today I stumbled
> across a "misfeature" in subversion. Basically I was splitting a trunk
> directory from "trunk" to "trunk-2.1" and "trunk-2.2" for different
> upstream version of the software I am working on.
> Now I was curious what would happen to checked-out copies. After
> renaming I got the following error message from svn update:
> svn: Cannot replace a directory from within

Subversion doesn't have moves, it has copies and deletes. So what you
did was copy the trunk directory, then delete it. So when you 'svn
update' a working copy of trunk, the server wants to delete the whole
working copy. But that's not allowed, and what you see is that
bizarre error message.

Subversion has no way of expressing "true moves" yet, that's the next
thing we'd like to work on. If it did, then the server might be smart
enough to send 'switch' operations during updates, instead of "delete;
add" like it does now.

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