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Getting merge tracking in 1.5 working

From: <david.x.grierson_at_jpmorgan.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:03:23 +0100


I just downloaded SVN 1.5.0-rc4 to see if it would compile on our systems
and take a poke around at some of the features in it.

I've noticed some "funnies" to do with the big merge tracking featue.

I performed a merge, committed and then re-attempted the merge (in order
to check the merge avoidance). When I attempted the second merge it
attempted to perform the merge again.

According to the manual this is implemented using the svn:mergeinfo
property to track the changes which have already been applied. When I
looked for the property upon the directory which had been merged it wasn't

Now on reading further in the manual I came to the following section:

This states:
"If you've just upgraded your server to Subversion 1.5 or later, then
there's a significant risk that pre-1.5 Subversion clients can mess up
your automated merge tracking."

My intepretation of this is that in order to get merge tracking working
you need to also run 1.5.0 on the server side.

Is my understanding correct?

Is the assumption that we will all be upgrading our servers as soon as we
need this functionality - i.e. to get the big 1.5.0 functionality gain you
need both a 1.5.0 client *and* a 1.5.0 server?



David Grierson
JPMorgan - IB Architecture - Source Code Management Consultant
GDP 228-5574 / DDI +44 141 228 5574 / Email david.x.grierson_at_jpmorgan.com
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