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Re: Help me convince admin to upgrade TortoiseSVN!

From: Ulrich Eckhardt <eckhardt_at_satorlaser.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:22:45 +0200

On Monday 30 March 2009, Phil C wrote:
> Recently there was a commit issue where developer A (using 1.5.x) was
> committing changes on an older revision (say rev 10), and developer
> B's (using 1.4.x) changes (done in rev 12) were being overwritten.

Impossible. If your working copy is not up to date, Subversion will not accept
your changes, which has been so since forever. Now, if you update the WC, it
will merge in the changes, so they are preserved. If your developer still had
the editor for the files open and saved them over the updated versions, of
course the merged in changes are lost. However, in the commit dialog, they
still are presented with the option of looking at what they are going to
commit. If they don't use this option they are to blame, not the tool.

> The admins and developers in question are attributing this "bug" to the
> fact of having different tortoise clients on their machines.

I find it hard to believe that "admins and developers" fall for such

> BUT now our admins are telling us all to revert back to Tortoise 1.4.x in
> order to prevent any more of these "conflicts".

This will give you problems with working copy format changing non-backward
compatibly from 1.4 to 1.5, so you will have to check out again.

> First of all, can somebody confirm to me that there is no issues with
> different developers using different version clients (1.4.x and 1.5.x) with
> an older subversion server (1.4.x)?

Yes, the server is not the issue, though 1.5 servers provide better merge

> Secondly, what could I tell my admins in order for them to allow us to
> upgrade to the latest version, 1.6.0?

I'd watch this list since the release of 1.6. If no big issues come up, I will


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