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Re: Re: Is subversion ready for primetime

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-02-01 00:58:10 CET

Joseph Silverman wrote:
> First and foremost, I must apologize for the subject line. This was a
> "reactionary" act rather than well thought out one. The primary
> motivation is an extended frustration trying to get subversion to do
> what I want it to do - that, and a bad case of foot-in-mouth.
> As to why I am frustrated ..
> It is a rather simple matter to lock up a svn working copy in such a
> way that will throw both the client and server sides into an infinite
> and somewhat cpu intensive loop (just kill the a svn command - pretty
> much any svn command - with -9!) - svn cleanup goes into a loop at this
> point as well. I haven't figured out how to back out of this short of
> trashing the svn working copy all together and co'ing out a new one.
> This has caused me no end of grief.

AFAIK, this is the first time a problem of this nature has been reported!

I don't suppose you could find some way to script the reproduction of this?

> To be sure, svn 1.1 and 1.2 requires a recent level of apache 2.


> Trying to find rpm's for not-latest version of linux for Apache, and
> all it's modules, has been rather impossible, in fact. So I have
> resorted to a "barebones" Apache server which is ONLY used by svn
> (simplifying this somewhat and allowing me to proceed).

Of course, using a current-ish distro would also have been a non-painful way
to go.

> Most subversion error messages are a bit on the uninformative side
> (e.g. the one that triggered the original email!) - and while it might
> be unfair to complain about this given that it is opensource, it does
> make it harder for a first-time user (me) to get up to speed with it.

Sounds like you should have started asking questions sooner!

> For the life of me I can't figure out how to merge back to the
> "original", a file that was "copy"ed from it and then changed, in a
> way that is similar to doing so in perforce. Perhaps this is simply
> not possible in subversion.

Merge textual changes? Or some metadata mark rejoining the threads of

No, subversion does not have the latter.


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