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Re: Delete *for real* from a repository

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:46:42 -0500

Bob Archer wrote:
>> I'm using SVN 1.4.4 on CentOS and I need - for administration purpouse
>> - to delete *for real* a whole directory from the repository. As
>> everybody knows, deleting using the "delete" command just adds a new
>> revision, without freeing space on the disc. I googled my issue,
>> reading that it's impossible to delete for real something on a
>> repository, and a filtered dump with a following reimport is needed.
> With the current version you need to think of the repository as create/update only and plan for this in capacity planning. The bottom line is that things are going to be added to your repository that you don't want in there. If you go and dump/load every time this happens you are going to drive yourself crazy. You just have to be ok with it.
> There are many requests to add this, but frankly I consider it a low priority... at least for me. To others it is a high priority. I would rather see the developers would on stuff like WC-ng and better history for move/renames and perhaps better branch/merge functions like brining in some of the features of the svncopy.pl utility.

Something that can only grow infinitely just does not seem well designed
for real world use, even if in practice it often works out for a while.

   Les Mikesell
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