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Re: 2 questions about subversion usage

From: Daniel Patterson <danpat_at_danpat.net>
Date: 2005-03-13 10:58:22 CET

Aaron Hilton wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> I don't mean to sound too harsh, it's just a pet peeve, and I really
> like what SVN can already do.
> Anyway, loading a file by using "svn import" with a --replace variant
> would have its benefits too.
> But, I just want to say:
> svn commit -m "I don't care there was a change, just use this one
> instead." --force thisfile.bin
> In your oppinion, is this difficult to implement?

   Ah, I think I understand what you're looking for, and it's a little
   different to what I was thinking of.

   You'd like something like:

     svn update --dont-conflict-and-keep-my-changes (there's got to be
       a better string than that)


     svn commit --ignore-out-of-dateness

   I have to say, while I can kind of understand where you're coming from
   on that, I don't think it's such a great idea. In a busy environment,
   you probably wouldn't want an option like that available. There has
   been a lot of work put into Subversion to ensure that you can't
   unknowingly discard someones changes.

   If you implement a feature like this, then you might not replace the
   file you think you're replacing. If someone slips in a commit
   between when you looked at the repository, and when you commit,
   you'd replace their changes and not even realise. That's what the
   up-to-dateness check before a commit is all about. However, I'm
   sure you realise that :-)

   I think that the features I outlined above wouldn't be that hard
   to implement (they're basically just optionally turning off some of
   the consistency checking that's done right now). I don't think
   it's a good idea personally.

   As to whether it'd get into the codebase if a patch was submitted,
   well, you'll have to ask on the dev@ list :-)


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