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Re: Noob has it fubar'd - any hope?

From: Bill Walton <bill.walton_at_charter.net>
Date: 2007-04-05 15:44:03 CEST

Hi Ryan,

> You mustn't use Windows Explorer to copy any file or directory that
> Subversion knows about. Doing so would confuse Subversion. If you have
> been doing this at any point since starting to use Subversion, your
> working copy is probably in a very weird state -- with local directories
> that link to places in the repository that they should not link to.

Actually, I was doing it throughout since starting to use SVN. And wierd
doesn't begin to describe ... ;-)

> Uninstalling the Subversion and/or TortoiseSVN software will not help you
> in any way, because your repositories and working copies will be left
> exactly the way they are, so the next time you install Subversion and/or
> TortoiseSVN you will still have the same problem.

The suggestion Nick gave me yesterday to get rid of the .svn directories was
the ticket to me understanding things a lot better. I made a copy using
Windows Explorer of the working copy of my app, deleted all the .svn
directories, and lo and behold, all the TortiseSVN markings went away! I
had a big sigh of relief, then several chilled beverages to celebrate ;-)
After I get a little more comfortable, experimenting / extending the
tutorial in the Pragmatic Version Control book, I'm going to just delete
the original repository and import the app from scratch. The history's
nothing more than a record of some very ignorant usage. Not something that
needs to be recorded for posterity ;-)

Thanks much for your help. I appreciate it.

Best regards,

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