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Re: updating a tag

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-29 22:18:19 CEST

On 9/29/06, Dan Crosta <dcrosta@gmail.com> wrote:
> OK, that's what I figured... "floating label" sounds like about what I
> was looking for.
> Do people not generally use tags for maintenance to already-released
> versions? Or is that ordinarily done with branches? (I'm still a
> little unclear on the best practices and conventions surrounding those
> concepts)

What I've been done a few times is create a branch by copying the
tagged version. Example:

We make a release and tag it as /tags/rev_100.
Development on trunk continues
Change comes in that has to be deployed without integrating current
trunk changes as they aren't finished
Copying /tags/rev_100 into a branch
Make changes in the branch
Release the branch (also tagging as /tags/rev_101)
Merge changes from branch to trunk as appropriate.

Other people frequently create a branch when they need to start doing
QA on the code, and then that branch is used for testing, debugging,
fixes, etc. and when deemed release-ready, a tag is made from there.
Changes in that branch are periodically merged back to trunk as

Another option you may want to explore for your tag is to not make a
"eral" directory for the tag at all, but instead set svn:externals on
your tag directory and point it at a specific revision of your trunk.
As that tag moves, change which trunk rev it points at.

> For my stuff, I'll stick with the rm/cp method, or really just not
> tagging a version until I'm sure I'm done with it :-)
> Thanks,
> - d
> On 9/29/06, Reedick, Andrew <Andrew.Reedick@bellsouth.com> wrote:
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Dan Crosta [mailto:dcrosta@gmail.com]
> > > Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 3:45 PM
> > > To: users@subversion.tigris.org
> > > Subject: updating a tag
> > >
> > > is there a simple idiom to use for updating a tag which already exists
> > > to reflect the current contents of a working copy or of the /trunk
> > > part of the repository? if you just reissue the svn cp command, it
> > > will create a subdirectory of the tag directory (i found out the hard
> > > way), and deleting and re-copying the tag causes 2 revisions rather
> > > than 1. is there some idiom for ... basically updating a tag or branch
> > > to the current contents of the trunk?
> > >
> >
> > In theory, tags shouldn't be modified once created.
> >
> > If you need to update a tag, you can either treat like a branch and just
> > update it normally. 'svn co svn://.../some_tag, svn commit'
> >
> > Or you can recreate the tag, by deleting the tag and then creating a new
> > tag with the same name. This is probably the better approach for your
> > case. (Sounds like you want a 'floating label.')
> > If you need to reference the previous tags, then you can rename or move
> > the tag instead of deleting it. Otherwise you'll need to read up on peg
> > branches to access previously deleted tags.
> >
> > If you don't want to delete/rm/mv the tag, then you'll need to merge the
> > trunk to the tag. You'll need a script to automatically accept the
> > trunk's version in case of merge conflicts (not that there should be
> > any) by copying foo.java.right-r123 to foo.java.
> >
> >
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