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Re: [TSVN] trying to branch/tag from old revision

From: Simon Large <slarge_at_slarge.plus.com>
Date: 2005-03-09 10:25:21 CET

Charles Doucette wrote:
> We've been trying to use TortoiseSVN to create a branch from an older
> revision.
> We have a few issues with the branch/tag dialog:
> 1. Feature request: Explicitly specify a revision number
> It would be very nice/helpful if you could explicitly specify
> the source revision in the branch/tag dialog.
> This is especially misleading if you get the dialog after
> right-clicking in a directory log and choose create tag from revision.
> (you can't confirm that you selected the right version and/or
> modify it).

I agree, but this was discussed on the list a couple of weeks ago, and
Stefan thought it would over-complicate the branch/tag dialog.

> 2. Feature request - override the source directory:
> Since the directory structure might change, it would be nice
> if you could explicitly fill in the source
> (although it would still be nice if it defaulted). For
> example, we didn't create a trunk directory and move everything under
> trunk until today (but the old revision wasn't below a trunk
> directory).

I assume you are talking about branching from within a WC. On the repo
browser you can change the revision you are browsing. At present, you
can only branch on the server (URL URL copy) at the HEAD revision, so
provided your WC is at HEAD, there is no need to change. Of course if
your WC is backdated to an older rev, then things can go wrong.

> 3. User confusion: What exactly does "Create branch/tag directly on
> the server" mean?
> There is a check box saying whether or not to make the copy
> directly on the server. This is confusing.
> According to the command line version of Subversion, there
> are 4 use cases:
> a) svn copy WC URL
> b) svn copy URL1 URL2
> c) svn copy URL WC
> d) svn copy WC WC
> I assume checking copy directly on server means b) and leaving
> it unchecked means a).

Correct. Issue 14 in our issue tracker concerns improving the
documentation on branch / tag, so I will make sure to include this

> The other question related to question 1 is if it is copying
> WC to URL - does it use the revision of the current WC or the head
> revision?
> (I already asked this in the Subversion users list).

It copies exactly what is in the WC, including any modifications.


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