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Re: svn:externals in an added directory

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007b_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-06-26 21:00:54 CEST

On Jun 26, 2007, at 10:56, George Stein wrote:

> On Jun 26, 2007, at 17:07, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>
> > On Jun 26, 2007, at 09:38, George Stein wrote:
> >
> > > We want to add a new directory with files to subversion. The newly
> > > added
> > > files refers to sources from another URL. So we set
> svn:externals to
> > > this directory. To ensure that our make works before committing
> the
> > > changes we need to see the svn:externals. How can we achieve this?
> >
> > > At the moment we have to commit the new directory/files first,
> then
> > > updating it to resolve the externals, start the make and then
> commit
> > > changes a second time. So we have two commits for one logical
> change.
> > > This conflicts with our understanding of a changeset. And
> > > furthermore it
> > > can leave the head of the repository in a not compilable state
> if the
> > > make fails after the first commit.
> > >
> > > This also happens if we merge a branch with a new directory and
> > > svn:externals back to the trunk. So working on a feature branch
> is no
> > > solution to us.
> >
> > After setting svn:externals, or doing a merge which sets
> > svn:externals, do an svn update. This will retrieve the external
> > files. You don't need to commit first.
>
> This seems only to be true if you set svn:externals to a previously
> added and committed directory.
>
> For the following use case
>
> $ md new_directory
> $ svn add new_directory
> $ svn ps svn:externals "ext_dir ext_URL" new_directory
> $ svn up new_directory
>
> the svn up doesn't update my new_directory. Could you/anyone verify
> it, please?

Ok, that seems to be true. I don't know if that's the intended behavior.

As a workaround, you could "svn co" or "svn export" the external URL
to the correct place within the working copy for testing purposes,
until you commit.

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