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Re: SVN-4709 shelve: deleted file becomes 'replaced'

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_apache.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:41:48 +0000

Branko Čibej wrote:
> On 24.01.2018 22:32, Julian Foad wrote:
>> When 'svn patch' applies an 'add file' patch onto a WC path whose
>> local schedule is 'delete', it changes the schedule to 'replace'.
>> [...]
>> stsp and I discussed on IRC (
>> http://colabti.org/irclogger/irclogger_log/svn-dev?date=2017-12-15#l19
>> ) and agreed that this is not what users would generally want or expect.
>> I propose to make 'patch' always generate a 'modified' (or unmodified)
>> schedule when it applies an 'add file' diff (or reverse-applies a
>> 'delete file' diff) onto a schedule 'deleted' working copy file.
>> [...]
> Why is this not what users would expect? "Delete" + "add" has always
> been "replace" in Subversion. The only other reasonable option I can
> think of would be to generate a delete/add tree conflict and let the
> user decide what to do about it. Silently undoing an "svn rm" in the
> working copy is exactly what I would _not_ expect. Both 'svn rm' and
> 'svn patch' are explicit user operations and we can't just assume that
> one or the other were mistakes.

I'm not assuming anything was a mistake.

Stefan commented in the IRC chat, "replacements are causing more grief
than good in general, especially if they happen by accident. i've seen
people block replacements in pre-commit hooks entirely so if we're given
a choice between having the default behaviour be replacement or
modification, then i'd always argue for modification by default. note
also that many other vcs don't have a replacement concept unless the
node kind has changed and nobody complains about that."

The theoretical rationale is this. The patch format does not carry
ancestry information, not even implicitly. Whether a pair of patch
operations should cause a break in Subversion ancestry is a completely
free choice for Subversion to make.

'svn delete' and 'svn add' are explicit *Subversion* operations which
carry implications about ancestry (and after a local delete the user is
free to choose "svn revert" instead of "svn add" to get the other
result). The 'add' and 'delete' operations in a patch file are not and
do not.

Formally, yes, it would be nice to offer both outcomes. However, raising
a conflict without having a nice framework for setting up an automatic
conflict handling policy is just another barrier to users.

- Julian
Received on 2018-01-25 13:41:53 CET

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