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Re: Deleting things from svn

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-05-17 19:04:38 CEST

andy.glew@amd.com wrote:

> svn obliterate, as you describe it, removes
> all traces of a file, it's data and history,
> from the repository.

I think that you are misreading what has been described as "obliterate". As I
understand it, the functionality would simple be to permanently delete certain
data from the database. This might include all traces of a file's contents,
logs, etc. Or it might be everything except the most current version. I
suspect that it will be possible to delete selective elements, and yet maintain
the partial checkout of earlier revisions which included that file (like a
boilerplate "FILE NO LONGER HERE").

This would cover most of the use cases that have been described:

1) large binary files could be pruned to include only X revisions back;
2) secret code could be removed completely
3) logs could be preserved but file contents removed


John Peacock
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