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Re: Replacing branch contents with another branch

From: Murli Varadachari <mvaradachari_at_facebook.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2008 09:42:06 -0700

In svn 1.5 the ³svn merge ‹accept theirs xxxxx² command is useful to
specify that during conflicts the ³from² sources should be selected [ in
this example the ³trunk² ].
Potentially this option could be expanded to with an additional ³-all² so
that all files can be pulled in from the trunk without merges etc ‹ just a

IMHO the ability to full replace a branch with a completely new version of
trunk will be useful !


On 8/6/08 9:32 AM, "Mark Phippard" <markphip_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 10:56 AM, Graham Bartlett <ratelect_at_hotmail.com> wrote:
>> > A workaround is that I delete my entire working branch, commit that, and
>> then rebranch from trunk - possibly using
>> > the same name for the working branch, or possibly using a different branch
>> name. That gets me working, but it's a
>> > very nasty hack. The most significant problem is that I lose version
>> history from my pre-merged personal branch to
>> > my post-merged personal branch, so if I want to check what changed when I
>> pulled down the latest version, that is
>> > not possible. A less significant problem but still a deal-killer on many
>> systems is the simple mechanics of doing the
>> > delete, commit and rebranch. At my last company, the full tree was about
>> 3GB, so a delete, commit and rebranch
>> > would keep your machine tied up for a very long time indeed. On a tree
>> this size, the majority of the files clearly
>> > *won't* have changed, so a merge which just took the head-of-trunk versions
>> of all changed files would turn a
>> > "forget-about-this-machine-for-the-rest-of-the-day" job into a
>> "2-minutes-anytime-you-like" job.
> You can do all this via URL and the update/switch of your working copy
> is only going to pull the net changes. So there is no reason you need
> to tie up your machine.
> I'd say SVN already can do what you want and you do it the way you
> suggested. I do not think this justifies some new command, and even
> if one was created it would just do the delete + re-branch internally
> anyway so nothing would behave differently.
> --
> Thanks
> Mark Phippard
> http://markphip.blogspot.com/
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Received on 2008-08-06 18:43:13 CEST

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