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Re: Problem with Branching/Merging, patches to the Trunk

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-03-10 15:24:39 CET

On Mar 9, 2005, at 4:49 PM, Thomas Sturgeon wrote:
>
> I have tried ‘svn merge’ with the FROM and TO with either path, but
> changes I know I made never seem to get integrated.

Here's your confusion: the merge command doesn't take FROM and TO
arguments. It's nothing at all like a copy command.

There are three arguments to merge:

   1. a left-side tree to compare
   2. a right-side tree to compare
   3. a working copy to patch

The merge command compares the left and right trees, and applies the
resulting "diff" to the working copy. The result is exactly the same
as if you had replicated the changes in the working copy by manually
editing every file. (You have to 'commit' the changes to make them
permanent.)

Chapter 4 in the book (I think) explains this idea over and over, so if
you can give specific feedback as to why you missed this concept, or
why you got the idea of FROM->TO, it would help us improve the
documentation.

Also, if you need more specific help, then you'll have to mail back
very specific questions. You'll need to show exact transcripts of the
commands you've typed, the output that resulted, and exactly where
you're getting stuck.

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