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Re: branching best practice

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2007-05-20 03:03:29 CEST

Jon Scott Stevens <jon@latchkey.com> writes:
> Say I'm working on a WC off of trunk. I've made a whole bunch of
> changes. renamed directories, moved files around, blah blah blah.
> These changes aren't complete and if I checked them back into trunk,
> they would break the build.
> I need to hand these changes off to someone else and I don't want to
> break trunk, so I want to commit these changes onto a branch.
> What's the best practice steps for doing this? The documentation
> about branching in the book assumes you are working from an unchanged
> WC.

Hi, Jon! One way is this:

   $ svn cp . http://blahblahblah/repos/branches/my_new_branch

In other words, you can create a branch from a working copy -- even a
mixed-revision, rearranged working copy :-).

Another way is to create a branch from a pristine revision:

   $ svn cp http://blah/repos/trunk http://blah/repos/branches/my_new_branch

Then switch your working copy to that branch:

   $ svn switch http://blah/repos/branches/my_new_branch

(Note that that preserves your local changes.) Then commit the changes:

   $ svn commit

...perhaps after testing them to make sure everything still works.


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