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How to permanently delete file?

From: John Masinter <john_at_masinter.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 13:09:34 -0700 (PDT)

Summary: How do you "really" delete a file from svn, so that it can not be recovered from a past revision?

I committed some commercial source to our repo, which we have properly licensed for our use. This was legit.

Development has gone on, many commits. Now I'm told outsiders will need to access our repo, and the commercial source needs to be removed.

I deleted it, but of course it can easily be retrieved by going back to any old revision during the period it existed.

Is there any way to "really" delete a file from the history. Or if not, perhaps just wipe the data in the file to zeros? Surely there is a hack for this.

I do understand other options such as starting a new repo, post delete; or branch post delete, and grant access only to that branch. Those options do not satisfy my employer. They want the file "really" deleted.

Any ideas appreciated?


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