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From Dave Tingling <>
Subject Re: Random files being "reverted" on one repository
Date Wed, 11 May 2011 16:45:32 GMT
Thorsten Schöning wrote:
> Guten Tag Dave Tingling,
> am Mittwoch, 11. Mai 2011 um 17:50 schrieben Sie:
>> 1) - Developer A: adds, edits and commits a file X,
>> 2) - Developer A: later, again edits and commits file X,
>> 3) - Developer A: still later, again edits and commits file X,
>> 4) - Developer N: who has never before seen file X, runs an update. She
>> gets a weird version of file X which contains only *some* lines of the
>> set of changes made by Developer A in each of the edit/commit sessions
>> (1), (2), and (3).
> And this behaviour is reproducible, meaning that every time the file x
> is deleted from the local working copy of dev N on each and every
> update the newly created file is freaky? Is it freaky on clean
> checkouts, too?
>> We cannot replicate the problem on demand, but it recurs with
>> (seemingly) random files at random times. The worst thing is that when
>> an update silently "reverts" some unknown file (to a "frankenstein"
>> version), it is subsequently committed as a new version by the
>> unsuspecting developer.
> How do you know that the update is the problem? If the file in the
> repository looks fine, I don't think the problem comes with the
> update, but afterwards, on any build actions or stuff like that. As
> you say: The freaky file is committed by dev N and that is the
> problem, between update and commit it is somehow changed. The update
> process just make changes to the local file, if already present, that
> are on the server and it's pretty likely that this will work as
> expected.
> The interesting part is between update and commit of dev N and in your
> case i would look at the diffs to maybe get an idea of the tool or
> process or whatever is responsible for the changes in the file. Maybe
> there's something common in every changes?
> Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
> Thorsten Schöning
Thanks for the quick reply and your guidance Thorsten. I'm not 100% 
sure. I'll work with the developers to clarify, and then will report back.

Thank you,

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