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using 'mv' to replace files, subversion does not detect changes

From: Wesley Leggette <lists_at_kaylix.net>
Date: 2005-08-07 20:26:38 CEST

I am using subversion 1.1.3, and occasionally I'll want to replace a
file in a working copy with the contents of a file outside that
repository. To replace file A (inside working copy) with the contents of
file B (outside working copy) I issue 'mv B /path/to/checkout/A'.

The result is that subversion does not detect any change to file A.
Neither 'svn status' nor 'svn diff' show anything.

However, 'cp' seems to work fine. 'cp B /path/to/checkout/A' will
produce the desired result.

For normal source code work, I've been sticking with cp B.. rm B, but I
also use svn for tracking changes in /etc on my gentoo distribution.
There is a tool called etc-update that replaces outdated configuration
files with mv, which produces the problem mentioned above. This is where
I first noticed the problem.

Is this a bug in subversion and is there a practical work-around?


Wesley Leggette <lists@kaylix.net>
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