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Re: Can subversion track structural changes? In different copies? And merge them?

From: Erik Huelsmann <ehuels_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-07 11:13:06 CEST

On 9/7/06, Mariano Kamp <mariano.kamp@acm.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> please consider the following scenario. A file in trunk is renamed,
> but in a branch changes to the same file are also made.
> Here in more detail:
> One developer adds "a.c" in the trunk and commits (r1). Another
> developer needs to make a fix to "a.c" and creates a branch "fixing"
> (r2), checks it out, marks the start with a tag "start-fixing" (r3) and
> also marks the end with "stop-fixing" (r5). Between those tags he
> changes the contents of "a.c" in the branch and commits (r4).
> At the same time somebody changes the name of "a.c" to "b.c" in the
> trunk and commits (r6).
> So how to get the changes from the branch"fixing" back to the trunk?
> I tried to merge from the HEAD of trunk and branch "fixing". That
> resulted in an error that "a.c" is not known. I am not sure why this is,
> as svn knows from what point on the branch was created, doesn't it?
> I then tried to check out a new working copy of the trunk with (r1),
> i.e. before the new branch "fixing" was created. I then merged
> start-fixing and stop-fixing in the trunk ("svn merge [..]start-fixing
> stop-fixing[..] .").
> That worked ok. The changes from the "fixing" branch are now in my local
> copy, but I still need the remaining trunk changes. So I tried to merge
> with HEAD, also tried to get to the HEAD by using update. Both didn't
> work as expected and I have "a.c" and "b.c".
> What is the proper way to do that or can't I track structural changes
> in subversion, when using more than the trunk?

This is issue 898: Implement true renames. Because renames are
currently implemented as a Copy+Delete, it's not possible to determine
whether a file stems from a Copy or Rename operation.

> I am really at a loss here, can somebody open my eyes please? ;-)



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