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Can of worms.

From: <pete_at_molehole.org>
Date: 2005-10-18 17:35:03 CEST

Hi all

I realise this has been debated to some minor (heh) extent before, but it would be really useful to be able to remove something from version control, without deleting it from disk. Perhaps also having the option to add it to the ignore list in the same step.

Use case:
I've just been handed a codebase to put into version control, as part of a demonstration of Subversion source control at this new place that I work at. So, I've created a repository and simply done an SVN Import (with TSVN) on the top level of the tree. This imports all of the generated files and so on.

It will probably be safer (given that I'm as yet unfamiliar with the codebase) to delete things _from_ source control and ignore them, rather than attempt to clean the tree for a clean import up front (and risk deleting something I find I need).

It would be lovely if I could simply mark items to be removed from source control, as part of this "cleaning the imported tree" procedure, so I can do it all with fewer operations (mark as removed (and optionally, ignore in future), instead of: SVN delete thing, commit, build; iterations).

What would be rather useful, too, is an extension to SVN Import that takes an include and/or exclude set of filters (like what one might put in svn:ignore) to at least eliminate the stuff I _know_ needn't go in.


(Who still doesn't have reliable internet at home :-( )

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