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RE: Re: how to release sticky nonHEAD status a la CVS -A

From: Brock, Linda (MS) <Linda.Brock_at_ngc.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:36:00 -0500

Simon, Thanks for your response, but I still have unanswered questions:

>> I need to know how to, after retrieving a back-version of a file,
>> release the sticky tag (non-HEAD status) so I can update it to the
>> is treating the original version as the head for diffs and updates.
>> I am very familiar with CVS and I know I just need to do a "cvs
update -A
>> myfile.m" but cannot find out how to do it in TortoiseSVN.
>I'm guessing you used Update-to-revision to get an old version. Do not
>that if you intend to modify the files.
Yes that's exactly what I did. And I definitely do intend to modify the
files. This is a volatile R&D project and we will do a lot of
try-it-out, mix and match, editing. I have periodically used CVS very
successfully to help with exactly this kind of work. I used -r1.1 and
then -A to restick to Head. So, is there another way I should have
updated to the former 1.1 version, given that I want to modify the file
and eventually recommit the result?

>Note the caution box after the description of update-to-revision.
I will try out the SaveRevisionTo; it may do what we need in many cases.
But I would still like to know how to do the above if possible.

>As for the diffs, I think you misunderstand how subversion works. When
>you update your working copy (to HEAD or any other revision)
>Subversion keeps a local BASE, or pristine, copy, which is the state
>of the file in the repository at the version you updated to. When you
>diff the file, it is against that pristine copy so the diff is showing
>just your changes.
Yikes I had forgotten that; that bites me every time I get back into
this kind of version control work. Thanks.

>If you just update your working copy, it will pull down the new 1.3
>version and merge into that the changes you made against 1.1.
That was exactly what I wanted it to do, but it didn't seem to use 1.3
for what it was updating to.

>> I could just check
>> out a new workarea, and copy and paste it over here from there; but
>> should be a more elegant and convenient way. I also know from
>> with cvs that we will need to do this fairly often.
And that's what I finally did Friday afternoon, successfully, but I
still want to know how to do it properly.

>> would be very helpful to put out an "intro to SVN for current users
of CVS",
>> i.e. a quick guide for converting skills over to SVN.
Thanks for the Appendix B reference! It will be very helpful.

Linda Lantz Brock linda.brock @ ngc.com
Systems Engineer, MDEAC (Northrop Grumman MS MDD)

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