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Re: Merge tracking and cherry picking only some files in a change set

From: Justin Johnson <justinjohnson_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-08 16:06:45 CET

On 3/7/07, Daniel Rall <dlr@collab.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 07 Mar 2007, Justin Johnson wrote:
> > I brought this up in a different thread but wasn't getting a response,
> > and it seemed more appropriate to start a new thread specific to my
> > question.
> >
> > First, my understanding is that cherry picking refers to merging a
> > single complete change set (i.e. revision) instead of the entire list
> > of revisions that need to be merged. Correct me if I am wrong.
> The current plan is support merging of only portions of a change set.
> I've updated the Cherry Picking use case to better reflect this:
> http://subversion.tigris.org/merge-tracking/requirements.html#cherry-picking

Great. That is more clear now.

> > Here's my question.
> >
> > Will the new merge tracking handle the case when a user merges a
> > change set (cherry picking) from one branch to another, but only
> > accepts some of the changes in the change set? For example, if a
> > change set modified two files and the user only merged the changes
> > made to one of the files from branch A to branch B, will that merge be
> > tracked? It seems to me like this isn't possible today with
> > svnmerge.py, since the merged revision is stored at the root directory
> > and implies the entire revision (i.e. it has no way to specify only
> > certain files in that revision). If the property that stores what was
> > merged was stored on the individual file/directory, someone could
> > merge parts of a change set at one time if needed, and the rest of it
> > at another time. Or the user could merge the entire change set, and
> > before committing decide to revert the changes made to one of the
> > files but still merge the rest of the changes. The revert on the file
> > would revert both the merged changes and the property on that file
> > specifying that the merge took place.
> The plan is support all of this. Implementation is underway on the
> merge-tracking branch.

That is good news. Thanks for the response.


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