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Comparing Branches

From: Brad Harper <brad.harper_at_epsiia.com>
Date: 2007-04-03 22:13:22 CEST

Hello All:

We've been using SVN for some time, but until recently
have been using a very simplistic model with very little
branching, primarily functional or personal branches.

We recently instituted a process that introduces a QA branch
from our dev/ branch when the first release candidate is
built. The QA branch is isolated from day-to-day development
(and vice versa).

Severe problems that show up during testing are repaired
on the QA branch, and another release candidate is built
and distributed to QA. The process is repeated until a
satisfactory final release candidate is produced.

Developers are responsible for ensuring that fixes/changes
made on the QA branch make it back onto the dev/ branch.

Rather than actually perform a branch-to-branch merge, my
need arises from more of a quality assurance perspective.

How can I reliably confirm that all changes in one branch
are present in another?

Is there a better method? [Some of the old-school developers
can't be convinced that an automatic merge can be trusted.]

Thanks.

Brad

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