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RE: encouraging users to switch

From: John Kristian <John.Kristian_at_Siebel.com>
Date: 2005-02-11 03:36:54 CET

Good idea! On further reflection, it seems to me that `svn move` is the
wrong tool for moving a branch. A better choice is `svn copy`. That
is, one should copy the branch to its new name, and immediately install
a pre-commit hook script that prevents commits to the old branch and
instructs users to switch. (A cautious user would then merge from the
old name to the new, just in case some changes snuck in after the copy.)

`svn move` is relatively harmful for this use case, because the implied
`svn delete` causes subsequent updates to do relatively harmful things
(such as delete working copies, and forget uncommitted additions and

It's sad that such a routine chore is so complicated to perform with
subversion. Isn't there a simpler way? Perhaps I'll submit a request
to implement one ...

- John Kristian

-----Original Message-----
From: news [mailto:news@sea.gmane.org] On Behalf Of Norbert Unterberg
Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2005 2:13 AM
To: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Re: encouraging users to switch

John Kristian schrieb:

> Can you recommend a way to encourage users to execute `svn switch`
> after a branch is moved?

You could write a pre-commit hook script chat checks the path. If
someone tries to check in to the "old" branch then you can output an
error message to stderr, which subversion shows to the user.

The other way I might think of is using permissions. Deny write access
to the old branch. Commits to the old branch will fail, and people might
ask you what to do next.


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