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Re: Specifying a start revision number for a new repository

From: Ulrich Eckhardt <ulrich.eckhardt_at_dominolaser.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 12:53:16 +0100

On Wednesday 01 December 2010, benstoever_at_aol.com wrote:
> Until now the source codes revisions were organized manually without
> any version controol system in formof f backups and the current
> revision is 197. I have already set up a svn server with an empty
> repository and want the revision numbers in svn to start with 198,
> when uploading my source codes there, to avoid having different
> revision numbers in svn and the download section of the website.

Don't. There is one easy (and even clean) way to do it, and that is to create
a repository and then import each of the previous releases (using
svn_load_dirs). However, I'm not even sure if this works, because a single
import could create more than one revision if it needs to create the target
directory in advance or somesuch.

However, you should still do that. After importing each existing release, you
create a "tag", which is a copy of the release in a dedicated folder. Then,
via the URL svn://your-repository/tags/release-190 you can refer to release
190, regardless of the SVN-internal revision of the repository.

This is also the reason for the initial "Don't", that these revision numbers
are for internal use of SVN rather than for something that is publically
visible. For that, every project uses its own schema, some tag a date to it,
some use a triple or quadruple of numbers, and other have even weirder
approaches. Still, using the tag name that you like you can map all of these
onto Subversion without problem.

Lastly, even if you could import it like that, it would only allow a single
change between releases, because every change bumps the repo's revision
number by one.

Make sure you understand the intentions for the customary trunk/tags/branches
approach. These are outlined in the book and extremely useful!

Good luck!


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