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Help with paradigm shift to svn

From: Steve Folly <steve.folly_at_igence.com>
Date: 2004-09-09 14:40:58 CEST


I'm having difficulty trying to map our CVS usage onto Subversion. Let
me explain.

There are (currently) only 4 software developers working and committing
in the main trunk of our repository, on 1 (perhaps 2) projects at a

For a release, somebody will be assigned the job of creating a working
copy of the main trunk and updating files as required to create a
stable build. Meanwhile commits are still happening in the main trunk,
but the release coordinator is only updating certain files required for
the build. (99.9% of the time it's all files being committed, but some
changes wont be required). The advantage of doing it this way rather
than creating a release branch is that we don't need to merge changes
from main trunk to branch; just update as and when. At a stable point
(usually 1 hour before delivery :), that working copy is tagged as the

This is what I can't get my head around with subversion - how to pick
and choose which commits go into a working copy? Consider three commits
to the repository, A, B and C, performed over time in that order. How
can I have a working copy with only commits A and C, but not B?

Should we now be thinking about creating a branch for a release in
subversion, then we can pick and choose which updates we want. The only
disadvantage to this is (I think) that we have to manually (i.e. tell
svn) to merge files from the main trunk to the release branch.

Thanks for any helpful suggestions.

Steve Folly.
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