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Re: svn:mergeinfo updated for unchanged files/folders at merge of a feature branch to trunk - is this desirable?

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_apache.org>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:39:10 +0200

On 12.06.2016 10:06, Yves Martin wrote:
> On Sun, 2016-06-12 at 02:11 +0200, Branko Čibej wrote:
>>> It's not a result of merge of individual folders. I find the pattern
>>> in the log for commits I've done and I have most definitely not gone
>>> out of my way to explicitly merge several subfolders one-by-one.
>> As I said, once the subtree mergeinfo is in the repository, it will be
>> updated in /every/ merge.
>>> All users use TortoiseSVN. You think it's related to the client?
>>> Should I ask the Tortoise community instead?
>> We'de really need a more detailed what's actually happening. I'm afraid
>> that for now we're only guessing based on your description of the logs;
>> that's far from enough.
>> Personally, the few times I've used TortoiseSVN for merging, I didn't
>> notice it behaving in any way differently from the command-line client.
> Hello,
> The main issue is that merge operation will add a "svn:mergeinfo" at the
> current working directory where operation is applied.

Yes, as I noted above; and this is necessary in order to make 'svn
merge' work correctly.

> But it is expected to be only on "root" folder aka /trunk or /branches/xxx

I'd rather say 'desired', not 'expected'. :)

> Two ways to avoid that: guidelines to developers when merging (often
> fails) and precommit hook to prevent addition of svn:mergeinfo property
> to "non-root" folders.
> To cleanup an existing working-copy, I have designed a Perl script that
> checks if a svn:mergeinfo may be "moved" up to "root" folder:
> https://github.com/ymartin59/svn-clean-mergeinfo

Let me point you at:


This is not part of any Subversion release yet, but it's fairly complete
feature-wise and could surely use a lot of testing in real-world

-- Brane
Received on 2016-06-12 12:38:41 CEST

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