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Merging non-versioned directory into versioned one

From: Trevor Harmon <trevor_at_vocaro.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:44:33 -0400


Occasionally I come across an unfortunate scenario where I've got two
copies of a directory: an old one checked into a repository, and a
newer one that happens to exist entirely outside of Subversion (not in
a repository or working copy). The new one has just a few scattered
changes compared to the old one.

My goal is to merge the two directories so that the old one is updated
with all of the new's changes. With a single file, this task would be
easy: I'd simply replace the working copy with the new file, then
check in the change. With a directory, however, it's a lot more
complicated. I can't just replace the old version's working copy with
the new directory because that would wipe out the .svn metadata.
Instead, what I've been doing is this:

svn remove mydir
svn ci mydir
[copy the new mydir into current directory]
svn add mydir
svn ci mydir

Although this works, it has the disadvantage of splitting what should
be a single repository commit into two. If mydir is large, there will
be two large changesets for each commit, even if only a small portion
of the directory has changed.

Is there a better way of handling this? Thanks,


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Received on 2008-10-27 16:44:56 CET

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