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Re: Issue #3209: merge into missing

From: Stephen Butler <sbutler_at_elego.de>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 17:05:27 +0100

Quoting Stephen Butler <sbutler_at_elego.de>:

> The status of 1.6-blocker #3209 (see r35877):

The good news: this isn't really a blocker. The current inconsistency
in tree conflict detection is a bug, but the working copy is left in
a usable state.

The bad news: the bug might not be fixable in the current design of
the client.

Background: the merge code runs in a second set of callbacks (in
libsvn_wc/repos_diff.c) on top of the usual delta editor callbacks.

The current state: within a repos_diff callback, we can't tell
whether a nonexistent dir is really nonexistent, or just missing.
The former is a tree conflict, the latter should not be a TC.

The repos_diff callbacks do a great job of filtering out the info
we really need for tree conflict detection! :-\ But that's been
discussed at length last year. In r33989, Neels & co. added a
tree_conflicted boolean arg to all the relevant callbacks, so that
all of the tree conflict detection can be done in
libsvn_client/merge.c, where it's easy to follow. This lets us
avoid raising a tree conflict inside a TC victim tree, but it's
not enough to tell whether an item is really nonexistent or is
just missing.

> [[[
> Tackle the last holdout from issue #3209: merge encounters missing
> files and dirs. Create tests that try to merge changes into missing
> trees. Make them pass, given the current behavior.
> The current behavior is inconsistent. A missing file is not treated
> as a merge tree conflict. A missing dir, that the merge wants to
> delete, is also not treated as a tree conflict.
> The next steps are to determine the desired behavior, adjust the test
> expectations, and set the tests to XFAIL. Then fix it!
> * subversion/tests/cmdline/svntest/actions.py
> (deep_trees_rmtree): New helper function.
> * subversion/tests/cmdline/merge_tests.py
> (tree_conflicts_merge_edit_onto_missing,
> tree_conflicts_merge_del_onto_missing): New tests.
> (test_list): Add new tests.
> ]]]
> It's been suggested that we shouldn't raise any tree conflicts on
> missing items.
> http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2009-02/0264.shtml
> I went ahead and implemented this behavior (still testing before
> commit).

I won't commit my new hack, because it causes us to miss a lot of
tree conflicts in use case 4, "local (committed) delete, incoming
edit upon merge".

> The tree conflicts due to local deletions are still
> raised.

Oops, my quick hack raises them only for uncommitted deletions.
See above.

> The current change affects only missing items.

Not true, see above. It prevents the detection of nonexistent
items, too.

> IMHO, it's OK to have no tree conflict here. The user gets a
> summary at the end of the merge output, which is hard to miss.
> Summary of conflicts:
> Skipped paths: 1
> And of course the user can't commit without updating to restore
> the missing items.
> It's a little weird that a missing file is given empty mergeinfo,
> but a missing dir is not. Is that the way it's supposed to be?

Still an open question.


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