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Re: Confusing status message when merging branch with binaries

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-06-08 11:15:50 CEST

Adam Jakubek wrote:
> Hello,
> I've noticed strange subversion behaviour today. I had a branch in my
> project and I was going to merge it to trunk (and delete the branch
> afterwards). Several files (including one binary file) have been modified
> on the trunk, so I updated it and then merged all changes to my branch
> with:
> $ svn merge -r X:Y trunk branches/feature
> $ svn ci branches/feature
> Note, that at this point, binary files on trunk and branch were identical.
> Then I performed a merge between latest revisions of my branch and trunk,
> updating the latter:
> $ svn merge --dry-run trunk@head_rev branches/feature@head_rev trunk
> ...a lot of updates...
> U trunk/binary_file
> This message was quite confusing, since I haven't modified binary files on
> my branch. I decided to proceed with the merge and removed the --dry-run
> switch. Binary files didn't show in the 'svn st' result afterwards. It
> seems that they weren't modified at all during the merge.
> Does this qualify as a bug, or am I missing something? It doesn't cause
> any
> data loss, but it can be confusing when merging large branches (since
> diffing binaries is impossible). I was able to reproduce this on svn
> 1.1.1,
> 1.1.4 and 1.2.0.
> If anyone is interested, I can send a short script which recreates
> this problem.

Yes, please - this would be really useful.


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