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Re: removing old branches

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2003-08-16 21:47:26 CEST

Joey Hess wrote:
> Does it make sense to svn rm an old branch after it's merged back to the
> trunk, or not? I'm thinking about doing that so only active branches are
> present in my project's branches/ directory. Of course the old branch
> would still be available if you knew the revision before it was deleted.
> Or I could make an branches/attic directory and move it under there. Has
> any best practice been developed in this area yet?

The Subversion developers tend to do that in our own repository. It's
nice to be able to see what branches are actually in use just by looking
at the branches/ directory in HEAD, and as you say, you can always go
back to the old versions if you so desire.

> Also, does can svn switch work on a subdirectory of a WC, or only on the
> whole WC?

Each subdirectory is essentially it's own WC, so yes, it will. You can
even take switch further though, and switch a single file if you so
desire. We often use the pattern of switching a single subdirectory
when we have a branch that is only making changes to one of Subversion's
libraries. You branch from trunk, then switch only the subdirectory
you're modifying over to the branch. This way you keep your
modifications on the branch, but can easily pick up everyone else's
changes from trunk without having to merge them all over. Of course you
still need to be careful about merging modifications to the subdirectory
you've switched to the branch, but you'd have to do that anyway.

-garrett

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