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RE: SVN bug? merge replaces all files in an added directory

From: Srilakshmanan, Lakshman <lakshman.srilakshmanan_at_police.vic.gov.au>
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 13:47:29 +1100

Hi Rob,

To test Peter's theory please try merging using --ignore-ancestry.

If the merge works as expected, then Peter's theory is correct and you
have an "evil twin".


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Parker [mailto:svn_at_yogasurftech.de]
Sent: Friday, 9 October 2009 10:25 AM
To: Rob Hubbard
Cc: users_at_subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Re: SVN bug? merge replaces all files in an added directory

Rob Hubbard wrote:
> Hello,
> I have seen some odd behaviour in our source code repository. I have
> tried to write a script to demonstrate the problem, but have been
> unable to do so; my script always seems to produce the expected
> Therefore, unfortunately, I do not know exactly what circumstances
> lead to this problem; there is something happening on our main server
> that I'm not doing in my test scripts (on a locally created
> repository). I'm sorry that I have been unable to determine what that
difference is.
> The symptoms are that in a merge operation, when a directory has been
> added in the source of the merge, every file within the directory is
> replaced in the target.
> Therefore, when the log of the committed merged revision is viewed,
> rather than a simple
> A branch/directory (from /trunk/directory:1234)
> you see
> A branch/directory (from /trunk/directory:1234)
> R branch/directory/file1.txt (from
> /trunk/directory/file1.txt:1234)
> R branch/directory/file2.txt (from
> /trunk/directory/file2.txt:1234)
> R branch/directory/file3.txt (from
> /trunk/directory/file3.txt:1234)
> ...
> I don't think this always happens.
> I have tried experimenting with changes to the svn:eol-style, as I
> suspected the problem might be to do with changes to that property. [I

> believe that when this property is set, linefeeds are represented as
> LF, so when a Windoze-style text file has the property set, even to
> 'CRLF', every line in the file changes, but the changes are
> 'unimportant'.] I thought that perhaps this property was changing
> independently of the file content. However, that did not appear to be
the case after all:
> even with deliberate property changes I could not reproduce this
> problem.
> The SVN clients are version 1.6.5, server version 1.6.4. I'm not sure
> what version the repository itself is, but it has ./format=3,
> ./db/format=1, ./db/fs-type=fsfs; is that a 1.3 structure? Could that
> be relevant?
> Other members of the team are using 1.6.x clients. It is possible that

> some 1.5.x clients are in use, but I don't think so. This is all
> running on Windows XP SP3 with the repository on Windows 2003 SP1.
> Has anyone else seen this behaviour, or know why it happens?
> Could it be due to some kind of user error?
> This is not a major problem, but I would like to understand what is
> going on.
> If anyone could offer even just clues or untested suggestions I would
> very much appreciate it.
> (Please CC me on any replies.)
> Many thanks,
> Rob.

Hi Rob,
I have experienced similar problems on a customers repository:
It turns out that another branch had merged the directory before so
subversion thought to replace the files and not to merge.
  I try to do some ascii art to visualize the info-flow:

                 adding dir "test" into branch
branch 1: ------*--->
             / \
trunk :---------------1-----2->
                 \ \ /
branch 2: ---------*--
           adding dir "test to other branch (maybe merged from branch

1: here test will be added for the first time
2: here test will be replaced

Maybe you can try to set this up as a test to see if this reproduces
your problems..

Also check carefully the creations of a file or directory and look into
the repository in these particular revisions (TSVN repo-browser helps a

Best regards,

are you the C64-musician Rob Hubbard? if yes: Hail to the chief(just
listening slay radio), if no: damn good name ;-)

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