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Remove items from source control without deleting them

From: Christopher Clarke <tigris.org_at_fuscata.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:45:23 -0700 (PDT)

Hello,

This topic has been discussed before and shot down:
http://subversion.tigris.org/ds/viewMessage.do?dsForumId=1065&dsMessageId=864575

I would like to bring it up again, because I think it's a feature that is commonly needed and important for any complete versioning system to include.

There are occasions when an item (file or directory) must be removed from source control. An example: A Wordpress plugin that formerly needed to be updated manually but now has an automatic update feature that makes changes to files. This plugin needs to be removed from source control because updating the files externally may prevent the upgrade from running, and other upgrade actions (e.g. change database structure) will not happen.

I know that it is possible to do this for *my* working copy: export item, svn delete, commit, rename exported item, ignore, commit. The problem is that the item to be deleted from everyone else's working copies, unless every peer follows the same procedure before updating. Since peers have different levels of technical ability and are using different svn clients, I can't expect them all to do this properly.

It seems to me that to add a "remove from version control" feature is a reasonable and simple enough request. Am I missing something?

Thanks,

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