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RE: [TSVN] Unversioning files

From: BobF <rfreeze_at_charter.net>
Date: 2005-08-19 16:33:10 CEST

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon Large [mailto:simon@skirridsystems.co.uk]
> Sent: Friday, August 19, 2005 8:39 AM
> To: dev@tortoisesvn.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: [TSVN] Unversioning files
> BobF wrote:
> > <blush>
> > Yes, I know about the ignore option ...
> > </blush>
> >
> > This is just an example of a case where something got in
> that I later wanted
> > to ignore.
> >
> > Please focus on the process I used rather than my failure
> to ignore to begin
> > with :-)
> If you were following the mailing list you would see the answer to
> exactly this question from Nick Gilbert. You have to move the files
> somewhere else, commit, then move them back (and remember to
> add them to
> the ignore list so that it doesn't happen again).

I do follow the list and I did see the reply. And because I follow the
I see that this is a frequent topic - revisited very frequently. That at
least should tell you that removing files from version control is
counter-intuitive at best - an "opportunity" exists here to improve work
flow; the real reason we use these tools to begin with.

Are those of us that fail to "ignore" in advance dumbasses? Maybe. But
there are more than a few of us :-)

Face it. One of the key reasons for the existence of tools like svn/tsvn is
to be able to recover from mistakes.

> > Speaking of "ignore", it would be *nice* if I could ignore
> something *after*
> > it erroneously makes into a repository.
> Once something is in the repository it is never ignored. That's a
> feature of Subversion.
> And having a one-stop-shop command to do the sequence above
> (move/commit/replace/ignore) would be a huge amount of work for
> something that is very rarely used and easily worked around.

That's fair, but this probably happens more often than is admitted to.
Especially for folks that work with a variety of tools and environments.
The ignore list is something that evolves over time. Perhaps
un-version-controlling files is less frequent over time.

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