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Re: Can't move directory that uses externals unless I --force?

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-01-31 14:18:10 CET

On 1/31/06, Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006Q1@ryandesign.com> wrote:
> I have a web site in our repository whose structure I want to
> rearrange slightly: I want to move everything that's in the trunk now
> into a new subdirectory "web." This should be easy:
> $ cd working-copy-of-trunk
> $ svn mkdir web
> Now move everything into it:
> $ svn mv foo web
> $ svn mv bar web
> etc.
> One directory in this project, libs, contains one externals
> definition. When I try to move libs, I get an unexpected message:
> $ svn mv libs web
> Performing status on external item at 'libs/some-library'
> svn: Use --force to override this restriction
> svn: Move will not be attempted unless forced
> svn: 'libs/some-library' is not under version control

If libs is an external, there's no point in moving it in your working
copy (which is why, I presume, you're being forced to use --force).
The next time you update, it'll show up right where it was before.
And no one else will be aware of the move.

Instead, remove it from svn:externals for working-copy-of-trunk and
add it to svn:externals for working-copy-of-trunk/web

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