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Re: Delete in repository but not in working copies

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2008a_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 17:48:22 -0500

To remove a file "foo" from the repository while keeping it in your
working copy:

cp foo foo.bak
svn rm foo
svn ci foo -m "removing foo"
mv foo.bak foo

For all other users, as Thomas says, if they have already modified
foo, it will not be deleted during the update.

For users who have not modified foo, the file will be deleted. They
can either save it before doing the update:

cp foo foo.bak
svn up
mv foo.bak foo

Or if they forgot to do that, they can export it from the repository:

svn export url://to/repo/foo_at_123 foo

where "123" is a revision in which foo still existed.

On Mar 28, 2008, at 11:42, Thomas Hemmer wrote:

> after doing some research on your topic, I see two possible cases:
> 1. The working copy file has been modified by the user since he/she
> checked it out.
> Subversion is kind enough NOT to delete the file but simply
> transform it
> into the "non-versioned" state.
> This is exactly the behaviour that I would have expected, and it
> should
> not hurt anyone since no changes are lost.
> 2. The working copy file has NOT been modified by the user since he/
> she
> checked it out.
> In this case SVN behaves somewhat rough (at least in my humble
> opinion)
> and kicks away the WC file.
> I personally would rather like the file to be handled according to
> (1),
> too.
> But your user still has the freedom to export that very file from the
> last revision that still contained it and then use/edit it as he/she
> likes.
> So even this case shouldn't be regarded as a real disaster :-)
>> We just did a migration from another SCM to SVN and we just
>> discovered that some files in the repository should not have
>> been there in the first place. Before the migration we
>> spotted some of these already but unfortunately, a good
>> number went through.
>> I thought of deleting them with the "svn delete" command but
>> in most cases, this is not desirable as it will mean the file
>> is also deleted from the users working copies the next time
>> they do an update. Indeed, these files, while they must not
>> be in the repository, must stay on the users computers as
>> they contain their own local options. Their contents may or
>> may not be different from what currently is in the
>> repository, but in all cases it will break compilation if
>> they are removed.
>> Recreating them can be quite cumbersome and considering the
>> number of occurrences (number of files * number of users),
>> I'm looking for a way to remove the file from source control
>> so that it won't appear as modified on users machines while
>> not deleting it at all.
>> I have searched through the archives and found this post
>> which is exactly what I need:
>> http://subversion.tigris.org/servlets/ReadMsg?listName=users&m
>> sgNo=51125
>> However the proposed solutions work well if applied before
>> the fact, but not when the file is already in the repository.
>> Since this request was made quite a while ago, I'm wondering
>> if anything changed in this area.
>> If so, how can I achieve what I described above?

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