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wc in "the future", no error on commit, feature request?

From: geoff <ot0006_at_0x29a.org.uk>
Date: 2005-09-16 18:56:31 CEST

I realise this is a pathological case and the obvious answer is "don't do that", but I'd
like to raise the issue anyway.

Single-user repo running Subversion 1.1 on FC4, Win32 client

After a catastrophic failure took out both the repo and some of the later backups, rev nn
was restored in the belief this was the latest version, when in fact the latest was rev
nn+2.

Revs nn+1 and nn+2 had added some files.

The user with a wc at rev nn+2 went on to do some commits before finally doing an update.
The commits succeeded, the update failed with

Working copy path '[path]' does not exist in repository

naming one of the added files. Which is correct, but by then we're some way into an
unfortunate situation. In this case it wasn't helped by the user taking ~4 months to get
round to doing an update, by which time memory of the failure had faded.

After some headscratching the relevant data was copied to a new wc at the new head and
it's all sorted out now.

However, the administrator's job in this case might be simplified if commits from a wc
with any member at a higher rev than head were blocked, thus preventing the problem
getting any worse than it was already.

Is this a reasonable feature request?

--
best,
geoff
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