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From Michael McCandless <>
Subject Re: Where to aim a patch
Date Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:30:07 GMT
On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM, Michael McCandless
<> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Yonik Seeley <> wrote:
>> IMO, patches should normally be aimed at trunk and backported.
>> "svn merge" tends to make a mess of the target (mergeproperties
>> updated so you can't tell at a glance what files a patch actually
>> changed), and in general we've tried to keep trunk clean by merging
>> from trunk instead of to trunk.
> Is this really true anymore, with latest svn clients (1.7.x)?
> I had always assumed devs are free to merge in either direction ...
> whatever their preference is.

As far as I can tell it's fine from SVN's standpoint to merge 4.x ->
trunk, at least using SVN 1.7.

I just merged a few changes in that direction and I see no difference
in the number of svn props changed, vs when I commit first to trunk
and then merge to 4.x.

So I think net/net we are free to work in whatever direction we
prefer.  We shouldn't let our source control tools dictate our dev.

Mike McCandless

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