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From Ryan Schmidt <>
Subject Re: History in subversion
Date Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:06:06 GMT

On Jun 16, 2013, at 15:55, Olivier Antoine wrote:

> When you commit, commit can fail, and you might have to merge before committing.

If you commit, and the commit fails because one or more of the files you changed was also
changed in the repository, then you have to "svn update" the working copy to receive the changes
from the repository. You do *not* have to, and probably should not, "svn merge" anything at
this point.

> You merge, you did some regression tests on the merged software, and then you finally
> But it just mean that the software that you store in the repository is not strictly the
software that you developped, and this software is simply lost.
> This is just against the SCM principles.

If you're concerned about this, then "svn cp" your trunk to a new feature branch before beginning
your work. Or even after you've finished your work, if such a situation arises.

Let's say you check out a working copy of trunk. You make changes. You test them. You commit.
The commit succeeds. Good; you're done.

On the other hand, let's say you've made changes and tested them and try to commit and it
fails because a file is out of date. You wish you had made a feature branch for these changes.
No problem; you can still do it now. Use "svn info" on the working copy to find out what revision
of trunk you had checked out. Let's say it was 1234. Make a feature branch in the repository
from that revision of trunk ("svn cp $REPO/trunk@1234 $REPO/branches/my-feature-branch").
Switch the working copy to that branch ("svn sw $REPO/branches/my-feature-branch"). Commit
the changes; it'll succeed. Now you have the state of the software you developed recorded
in the repository in the feature branch. Now you can continue with the task of reintegrating
the feature branch into trunk using "svn merge".

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