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Serious usability problem that causes lost data: moving subdirectories

From: Dybdahl <ldybdahl_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 05:55:05 -0700 (PDT)

There is one problem with tortoisesvn, which causes problems with
almost all non-programmers that I know:

They move directories around, without using SVN Move. The results are:

- A subdirectory may belong to another repository
- Two users have different on-disk directory structures
etc.

It would be a great feature, if TortoiseSVN could show warnings, when
an SVN-controlled subdirectory is not in its "intended" place.

Example:
- The server says the directories /a/b/c and /a/b/d
- The user checks out, all is green
- The user moves /a/b/d to /a/d, without using "SVN move" - he just
moves it.
- Subversion now recognizes, that /a locally is /a remotely, but the d
subdirectory locally is not a d subdirectory remotely. Therefore, the
icon turns red.

I have searched in various places to see if this problem had already
been addressed, and didn't find it addressed. If there is an existing
solution to this problem, I would be glad to hear about it.

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Received on 2008-08-05 15:03:38 CEST

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