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Re: Delete from Repository

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-05 20:39:23 CEST

On Tue, 2006-09-05 at 10:41 -0700, Karl Fogel wrote:
> > I saw the FAQ about the unimplemented "svn obliterate" command.
> >
> > It's easy to import or checkin crud into a repository. For example,
> > I have several svn-commit.tmp files resulting from errors in importing
> > files, or .swp files from files which had been edited. It's also
> > pretty easy to import a tree into the wrong place in a repository,
> > then import it into the right place, resulting in two copies in the
> > repository.
> >
> > The work-around in the FAQ to delete a file or directory from the
> > repository is cumbersome.
> >
> > The unpleasant choice seems to be to "svn del" files or directories
> > so that they are not checked out, but to have them persist in the
> > repository, cluttering up contents generated by viewvc.cgi, and
> > confusing people about which is the "real" repository.
> >
> > This is (in my opinion) a major flaw in Subversion. Managing
> > a repo means being able to clean up errors and messes when they
> > occur, not having to live with them forever. Is there any way to
> > fix these kind of problems in an Subversion repository?
> >
> > I've only looked at the SVN code very briefly. What would it take
> > to implement the "svn obliterate" command?
> The hard part is to define exactly what it will do, see
> http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=516#desc17
> for more on that.
> We badly need the feature, everyone agrees -- but defining exactly
> what the feature is is the hard part :-).

I'd expect it to have exactly the same results as a dump/filter/load
sequence back into the same location, in which case the feature is
already defined and acceptable. We just need an implementation that
is faster, doesn't need the intermediate copies, and doesn't break
checked-out workspaces any more than necessary.

  Les Mikesell
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