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Re: Local modifications to a "moved" path.

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-08-06 15:09:52 CEST

On Fri, 2004-08-06 at 05:35, Nick Patavalis wrote:

> The question is, since svn knows about the ancestry of f2.txt,
> couldn't (and shouldn't) it handle the operation in a completely
> transparent manner? That is:
> Use 1:
> svn update
> ... Moving f1.txt to f2.txt (with local mods) ...
> ... Merging f2.txt (nothing to merge) ...
> Are there conseptual "gotchas" in such a behavior, or is it not done
> merely due to implementation complexity?

This is a well-known problem. Subversion doesn't have "real moves" --
only copies and deletes. The server doesn't tell the client to "move"
anything, it just sends an "add" of a copied file, and a "delete" of the
old file. It lacks the vocabulary to express a "move" concept to the

We plan to fix that someday (like, in the next year), but for now
there's no real workaround.

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