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Odd diff/merge behaviour

From: Ron Blaschke <ron_at_rblasch.org>
Date: 2004-09-21 16:07:30 CEST


I have the following issue with svn 1.1.0-rc3. I've checked the
mailing lists and the issues, but not in great detail, so I apologize
if this is already known.

I'd like to update a branch to the latest release, so I do:
svn delete <branch>
svn copy <release> <branch>
svn co <branch>
cd branch
svn merge -r <branch copy revision>:<branch revision before delete> <branch>
svn commit

<branch> is something like http://svn.server/development/branch
<release> is something like http://svn.server/releases/release0

Thus, I create a new branch from a newer release, and merge all
changes in the development branch into it.

Now, this worked fine in svn 1.0, but with 1.1.0-rc3 (and rc2), the
merge (and also a diff) produces some odd output. For some reason,
the diff seems to refer to the trunk and the release, though I didn't
mention it anywhere. Also, the content seems to be from the changes
on the trunk, not the branch (eg, project.xml was not modified in the
branch). It looks something like this:
Index: project.xml
--- project.xml (.../trunk) (revision 2512)
+++ project.xml (.../release/release0) (revision 2595)

Above is the output of
svn diff -r 2512:2595 http://svn.server/development/branch

Now, interestingly if I change the command to
svn diff http://svn.server/developement/branch@2512
the output is just as I would expect it to be (the changes made on the

Any hints on that one? Is this a bug or a feature?
What's be big difference between "-r x:y URL" and "URL@x URL@y"?

Thanks in advance,

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Received on Tue Sep 21 17:36:05 2004

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