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RE: Trouble with 'svn checkout --non-recursive' stickyness.

From: Rowell, Geoff <growell_at_ENVOYWW.COM>
Date: 2005-02-17 18:11:38 CET

I agree that the "-non-recursive" flag is not properly implemented. I
think the functionality proposed in issue #695 is correct, but it
doesn't really address Rob's issue. He's re-issuing the "svn checkout"
command, not executing "svn update". I don't think the previous value of
the "-non-recursive" flag should have ANY effect on a subsequent "svn
checkout" command.





From: Mathews, Rob
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 9:56 AM
To: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Trouble with 'svn checkout --non-recursive' stickyness.




My problem is that once I've checkout out a directory non-recursively,
it can't be updated recursively. That is, the 'non-recursive' flag seems
to be sticky for the working copy, and there is no command to clear that
stickyness. Also, the behaviour just seems wierd. See below for example.


The following commands show the problem: (assume that
//server/code/product/s/ex/trunk is a project with many subdirs and an


First, do a non-recursive checkout like this:


svn checkout -N http://server/code/products/ex/trunk .


That gives the top level of the directory, as expected, w/o fetching any


Then, give the same command again, but with/out non-recursive flag.


svn checkout http://server/code/products/ex/trunk .


This leaves the top level of the directory alone, but fetches the
svn:externals. That's odd on two levels:

- first, if the --non-recursive flag is really sticky, then why is it
fetching the externals in the second case but not in the first?

- second, I didn't specify non-recursive this time, so why didn't the
command continue on and fetch all the subdirs? I could see "svn update"
being sticky this

way, but "svn checkout"?


Finally, I tried this: (note, no trailing "." in this command - the
target path argument is missing)


svn checkout http://server/code/products/ex/trunk


Hey - this version of the command recursively fetches everything!


I've looked around the issue database, and found issue 695 that seems
somewhat related, so maybe I'm just detailing more odd behaviour from
that. Anyway, what I would

have expected was either

1) a "--recursive" switch on the svn checkout command that could
override the "non-recursive" stickiness.

2) that 'svn checkout' would be always recursive unless stated otherwise
on the command-line, and that 'svn update' would pay attention to the
sticky bit.



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Received on Thu Feb 17 18:15:45 2005

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