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Re: bug: svn relocate doesn't update relative externals for individual directories

From: Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 23:54:33 +0100

On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 10:22 PM, Trevor Gerbrand
<gerbrand_at_willowglen.ca> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've run into an issue using svn relocate on a directory that has relative svn:externals properties on it.  It is similar to the issue that was resolved in Issue 3597 but that only works correctly with a completely checked out version of the repository.  I would like to have this functionality for checking out a single directory in the repository and not have to check out everything.
> My repository structure looks like this:
> /
> /common_files
> /application1
> /application2
> ** The common_files directory contains special files that can apply to all applications.
> ** The application directories each have this svn:externals property on them:    ../common_files/common.file common.file
> If I check out the entire repository from one URL and do an svn relocate to another URL it correctly updates the URL for the external file but if I only check out application1 from one URL and do an svn relocate to another URL the external file still points to the first URL.
> This problem only started creeping up because we've changed from using the file protocol to access our repositories to using svnserve.  We use TortoiseSVN 1.6.12 which uses Subversion 1.6.15.
> Could someone confirm that this is a bug  and direct me to what I should do next to get it resolved?


Just as an aside: when you mention an issue number, please also add
the summary of the issue (makes it easier to get the context, without
having to look it up). In this case the summary says: "relocate should
update externals from the same repository, too"

Though the issue is marked fixed, its Target Milestone says "1.7.0",
which means it's only fixed in svn's trunk, and will be included in
the upcoming 1.7 release. It's definitely not included in 1.6.15 (nor
is it in any other 1.6.x release currently).

So I don't understand why it even works in the first case you
mentioned. Might have something to do with the fact that you're using
a "file external" (pointing to a single file), instead of a "directory

The implementations of file externals and dir externals are quite
different. File externals are implemented as some variation of a
"switched" file (that's why they only work for links pointing to the
same repository). That may explain why it works in the first case (if
the "switched-to" location is also included in your working copy, it
just gets relocated along with everything else maybe?).


Received on 2011-02-14 23:55:34 CET

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