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Re: Rename Support and Merging Workarounds

From: Justin Johnson <justinjohnson_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-04-25 20:45:17 CEST

On 4/25/07, Irvine, Chuck R [EQ] <Chuck.R.Irvine@embarq.com> wrote:
> >
> > The Subversion book
> > (http://svnbook.red-bean.com/nightly/en/svn.branchmerge.copych
> > anges.html#svn.branchmerge.copychanges.bestprac.moves)
> > mentions the problem where renames (copy and delete) on a
> > my-branch will wipe out changes on trunk when merged from
> > my-branch to trunk, since it will simply delete the file and
> > add the new file instead of incorporating the changes from
> > trunk first.
> >
> > The book mentions the problem and that users should be aware
> > of it, but a solution or work around isn't mentioned. This
> > problem seems to make merging a very manual process where
> > users have to keep a close eye on things, manually apply
> > various diffs after looking through logs, to ensure that no
> > changes are lost.
> >
> > Does anyone have any suggestions on how to manage this? Is
> > it really as manual of a process as it seems?
> There are some threads on the mailing list that discuss proposals for
> manual processess, scripts, etc, to deal with this problem. You might do
> a search to locate these threads.
> Also, I've heard that there may be some activity underway by Subversion
> experts to put together documentation on how to avoid, workaround,
> detect, and/or correct this problem. I'm not sure of this, however.
> >
> > Also is there any idea when true rename support will be
> > added? Is
> > http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=898
> > correct and it will not be included in 1.5?
> >
> The latest info is that this functionality is being considere for
> inclusion into 1.6.

Thanks for the info. That was helpful. It confirms that things are
really as bad as I thought they were. I'm a little disappointed that
this information wasn't more visible when we were evaluating
Subversion. I noticed that the section in the book about this wasn't
in the previous edition of the book.


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