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ambiguous svn cp result

From: Travis Goff <constantine_272_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:50:18 -0700 (PDT)

Greetings you users, you,
I’m not sure if this is a bug or just poorly defined functionality.  I’m also using svn 1.4.3 and not sure about the most current operation.  After testing hook scripts to protect my tags directory, this appears to be an ambiguous svn cp result.
This creates my simple tag:
$ svn cp http:…/something/trunk/ http:…/something/tags/1.0.0
Which creates the directory structure: /something/tags/1.0.0/<stuff from trunk>.
Scenario of me being stupid and re-tagging by accident.
$ svn cp http:…/something/trunk/ http:…/something/tags/1.0.0
This created the directory structure:
            <stuff from trunk>
            trunk/<stuff from trunk>
Scenario of me being curious and re-re-tagging.
$ svn cp http:…/something/trunk/ http:…/something/tags/1.0.0
This outputs the error svn: “Path 'tags/1.0.0/trunk' already exists”
IMHO, because I did not put a / at the end of the directory 1.0.0, the second svn cp should throw an error “Path ‘tags/1.0.0’ already exists”.  However, if the / is added to the end of 1.0.0, then svn cp should create the tags/1.0.0/trunk directory as it did.  I am concerned about the fact that svn cp does either one of two operations from the same command and that there's no way to differentiate between the two operations.
Received on 2008-10-14 20:53:21 CEST

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