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Re: Feature request:: Unversioning files (svn rm --keep-in-wc)

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-09-23 20:29:59 CEST

David James wrote:
> On 9/23/05, nick vajberg <nickvajberg@yahoo.dk> wrote:
>> I've seen this request quite a few times in the user
>> list.
>> The request is basically to allow "unversioning" a
>> file. The only way currently is to copy the local
>> version, then remove and commit. This is quite often
>> undesireable, because you do not wish to delete other
>> peoples version when they update. You just want to
>> unversion it.
>> Max Bowsher once suggested this syntax [1]:
>> "svn rm --keep-in-wc"
>> ...which I really like. The alternative, I guess, is
>> another top-level function like "svn unversion
>> <resource>", but that seems excessive.
>> I work within a large organization where many people
>> work on dev projects. It is quite frequest that
>> user-specific project files (such as those from
>> Eclipse or VS.NET) gets imported, or that someone adds
>> and commit them at some point.
>> In this case, --keep-in-wc would be excellent, to say
>> the least.

> Perhaps "svn obliterate" will solve this use case for you?
> Perforce supports unversioning files but leaving them in the WC via
> "p4 obliterate -y filename" (the -y option indicates "yes, I really
> want to obliterate the file, and I know I can't ever get it back").
> The "obliterate" feature deletes the entire history of a file, and
> requires administrative privileges. Since "obliterate" tells Perforce
> to "forget entirely" that a particular file ever existed, individual
> clients maintain the same file in their WC, unversioned. It would be
> great to see the same feature in Subversion (See Issue #516 for
> details).

It doesn't really sound like the same use-case at all to me.
"obliterate" is a highly destructive administrative command that most users
will not have access to.

Also, I don't think anyone has yet done any design on how to obliterate
things without breaking WCs.


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