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Re: Is anyone working on "svn obliterate"?

From: William Nagel <bill_at_stagelogic.com>
Date: 2005-01-31 16:59:42 CET

> Out of even more curiosity, what does it do??? I'm just a user & have
> no idea what it is...

I think the idea is that you'd be able to run "svn obliterate" and
completely remove a file from previous revisions.

Seems like an extremely dangerous activity to be able to do with a
simple client-level command.

Besides, you can already do that with svndumpfilter and a repository
dump/load. It's a pain in the butt, but retroactively deleting a file
from previous revisions should be a pain in the butt.

I think such a command would also be very difficult to implement,
because I'm pretty sure that the Subversion API doesn't allow client
programs to modify committed revisions, so it would take an API change
to do it. (A good thing IMHO)

-Bill Nagel

P.S. I meant it's a good thing that the API doesn't allow the changes,
not that changing the API to allow it would be good. :-)

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