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Re: Log messages in deleted branches

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-11-15 18:51:32 CET

Toby Johnson wrote:
> I need to investigate changes to a file that were made in a branch that
> has since been deleted (that is, the entire branch has been deleted).
> So, I checked out the branch at the revision right before it was
> deleted. No problem.
> But when I try to view the log message for anything in this branch, I'm
> getting a "path not found" error. However, if I type "svn log <file>"
> from the command line in the same directory, I get the desired log file.
> Typing "svn help log" explains that the default revision range for log
> messages is BASE:1, meaning showing the log of everything up to and
> including the version where the WC was checked out (in reverse
> chronological order). It seems that TSVN doesn't follow this logic, and
> always tries to show the log of HEAD:1 instead.

Yes, TSVN doesn't follow that "logic". Because users are confused if
they show the log on a file/folder and they don't see commits they
*know* others did on that file/folder. That's also why there's a FAQ on
the Subversion site about that behavior.

> I also don't see a way to instruct TSVN to only get the log of a certain
> range. So it seems that using TSVN to inspect the history of a deleted
> branch is impossible. Am I missing something here?

It's not impossible. Use the repository browser, go back to the revision
the branch still existed, right click on that branch and choose "Show
log" there. Then the log dialog will fetch the messages from that
revision on, not from HEAD.


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