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Is it possible to overwrite a file with a copy of something else in a single commit?

From: Aleksey Nogin <aleksey_at_nogin.org>
Date: 2005-11-08 00:08:37 CET

Currently, if I try to overwrite a file with a copy of something else, I
get the following error message:

svn: 'foo' is scheduled for deletion; it must be committed before being

While this limitation may be reasonable from the implementation POV,
this is quite bad from the user's POV - basically, it is telling me that
the only way to do what I want is to commit a bogus intermediate
revision that would not even compile properly (as it would be missing a
needed file)!

Are there any plans for removing this limitation? Is there an issue
tracking this? TIA for any information.

P.S. A similar problem also exists for directories.

P.P.S. I have not tested anything past 1.2.3, but from looking at the
sources it appears that it is still present on the trunk.

Aleksey Nogin
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