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merging/branches practices

From: Aaron Montgomery <eeyore_at_monsterworks.com>
Date: 2006-03-08 18:43:14 CET

This is a (newbie) question about merging/branching. I have read the
Subversion documentation but don't remember anything like this
although I am guessing that the situation below isn't that uncommon
so maybe I misunderstood something in the docs.

Here's the situation:

A main branch (/trunk) is shared by everyone in the project.

I create a personal branch called (/branches/aaron) at revision 100
by copying /trunk and I work in that branch. Along the way, I
occasionally merge changes occurring in /trunk back to /branches/
aaron (begin careful not to repeat a merge). Assume that the last
merge of /trunk into /branches/aaron occurred at revision 200.

Now I've reached a milepost in /branches/aaron (at revision 300) and
would like at this point to completely resync my personal branch
with /trunk (porting my changes in the branch back to trunk and then
basically starting the process over from scratch). I do not want to
eliminate my personal branch since I will continue working on it.

Here is something like what I think should be done, but it looks
somewhat convoluted and parts of it really make me wonder if I'm
merging the correct patches. (The syntax here should be close enough
for you to get the meaning, but it probably isn't exactly correct).

cd aaron_wc
svn merge -r200:300 repository/trunk .
[[ handle any conflicts ]]
svn commit .
[[ we're now at version 301, differences in aaron and trunk are the
result of my changes in aaron ]]

cd trunk_wc
svn update .
svn merge -r200:301 repository/branches/aaron
[[ handle any conflicts ]]
[[ how should I handle it if someone commits a new revision in here? ]]
svn commit .
[[ we're now at version 302 ]]

svn copy repository/trunk repository/branches/aaron
cd trunk_wc
svn update .
[[ or should I merge trunk into aaron here insead of a copy and

Thanks in advance for any comments,

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