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From "Julian Foad (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (SVN-3625) Commit shelving
Date Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:43:00 GMT


Julian Foad updated SVN-3625:
    Fix Version/s:     (was: 1.10.0)

> Commit shelving
> ---------------
>                 Key: SVN-3625
>                 URL:
>             Project: Subversion
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: libsvn_client
>    Affects Versions: trunk
>            Reporter: C. Michael Pilato
>            Assignee: Julian Foad
>            Priority: Major
>              Labels: api, needsdesign
>             Fix For: 1.11.0
> (i) See the wiki pages: [Shelving and Checkpointing|]
> Developers often need to temporarily put aside in-process working copy changes to begin
some other usually-short-lived task. You know the routine. You're halfway through the implementation
of a medium-sized feature when – stop the presses! A customer just found a mission-critical
bug in the app!
> Current workarounds include:
>  * create a branch; switch to branch; commit unfinished primary task code to branch;
switch back; handle and commit secondary task; merge from branch; resume primary task.
>  * use 'svn diff' to make a patchfile for primary task work; svn revert -R; handle and
commit secondary task; use 'svn patch' to recreate local primary task mods; deal with all
the stuff (copies and moves, directories, etc.) that 'patch' can't represent; resume primary
> A better approach that avoids the need to create server branches and to marshal/unmarshal
changes away from Subversion would be to support 'svn shelve/unshelve' commands, where "shelve"
means "squirrel away my changes into the working copy metadata and revert them from the WORKING
tree " and "unshelve" means "merge the changes I previously squirreled away back into my WORKING

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