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[Fwd: help with svn 1.5 -> merge with properties]

From: Alfred Perlstein <alfred_at_juniper.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:09:00 -0700

Did you guys get this? I'm really confused about this bug, can we fix
it or can you tell me how to workaround? (maybe I'm doing something


attached mail follows:

Hey Nathan, I just sent this message to the dev list about 1.5.

Can you help me with it?

Hey guys,


When using merging with properties I get conflicts

even when the merge should succeed without issue.


It's easy enough to reproduce with the script attached.


Note: please change:



in the script to point at your repo.


What I would like is:

1) non-meta-data should just merge without issue

2) option to specify to always "take" a property from

    either the TO or FROM branch as a seperate option.

Please see attached script, I could really use some help here!



 # Show how "props" set on files causes merge conflicts where there should
 # be none.
 # Alfred Perlstein, Juniper Networks 2008

 # Make my project top level and the "trunk"
 svn mkdir --parents -m "mkdir testproj" ${SVNROOT}/${TESTPROJ}/trunk
 # Make space for branches.
 svn mkdir --parents -m "mkdir testproj" ${SVNROOT}/${TESTPROJ}/branches
 # Checkout trunk, add a file "bar.c" to it, commit it
 # set "mtime" property and commit.
 svn co ${SVNROOT}/${TESTPROJ}/trunk
 cd trunk
 echo foo >> bar.c
 svn add bar.c
 svn commit -m "add bar in trunk"
 svn propset mtime 1 bar.c
 svn commit -m "add mtime prop" bar.c
 # make a branch.
 svn cp -m "branch it" ${SVNROOT}/${TESTPROJ}/trunk ${SVNROOT}/${TESTPROJ}/branches/testbranch
 # check out my branch, don't do anything yet...
 cd ../
 svn co ${SVNROOT}/${TESTPROJ}/branches/testbranch
 # go back into trunk. modify the file, adding some data and modify the
 # mtime meta data.
 cd trunk
 echo barrrrrr >> bar.c
 svn propset mtime 2 bar.c
 svn commit -m "second change with mtime=2" bar.c
 # go back to my "testbranch" and try to merge.
 # this will show conflicts in both metadata and data!
 cd ../testbranch
 svn merge ${SVNROOT}/${TESTPROJ}/trunk
#Conflict for property 'mtime' discovered on 'bar.c'.
#Select: (p) postpone, (mf) mine-full, (tf) theirs-full,
# (h) help for more options: tf
#Conflict discovered in 'bar.c'.
#Select: (p) postpone, (df) diff-full, (e) edit,
# (h) help for more options: df
#--- .svn/tmp/tempfile.tmp Mon Jun 23 19:16:29 2008
#+++ .svn/tmp/tempfile.3.tmp Mon Jun 23 19:17:34 2008
#@@ -0,0 +1,7 @@
#+<<<<<<< .working
#+||||||| .merge-left.r0
#"svn-merge-madness-done.txt" 73L, 2514C written

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