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From Craig L Russell <Craig.Russ...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Branch or tag?
Date Tue, 21 Nov 2006 20:42:25 GMT

On Nov 21, 2006, at 12:09 PM, Patrick Linskey wrote:

>>>> Since there is always the possibility of maintaining a
>>>> branch, we need a tag
>>>> to represent the beginning of that branch -- with no changes
>>>> ever being
>>>> committed to the tag.
>>> Really? I was under the assumption that svn took care of remembering
>>> where the branch was moved from, thus getting rid of the
>> need for the
>>> extra branch and simplifying merging. But I could be wrong, as I've
>>> never merged in svn.
>> All of these tags and branches are just a convenience for people so
>> they don't have to scour the svn commit log to figure out what bits
>> are where.
>> So when you create a branch, you could always remember which svn
>> version that was and recreate the branch as it existed from the
>> version number when you branched. But once you change the branch, I
>> think what we really want to remember is the final version that was
>> released, so if we need to go back and say "now, what were those
>> released bits created from?" then we simply check out the tag and we
>> have the sources that were used for the release.
> My interpretation of what Kevin said was that we needed to know the  
> start
> point (tag or revision number) of the branch in order to do svn merge
> operations (i.e., to merge the branch changes back into the trunk).  
> That
> sounds a lot like what I've had to do when using CVS in the past; I  
> was
> under the impression that svn handled merging much better than did  
> CVS.
> Ignoring any differences between revision numbers and symbolic  
> tags, does
> anyone know if we need to know the branch origin in order to do a  
> merge
> successfully in svn?

Ah, that question is not in my area of expertise. I have assumed that  
svn is happy to try to merge anything into anything else. I've never  
done a wholesale merge, but have always merged individual files.

> -Patrick

Craig Russell
Architect, Sun Java Enterprise System
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P.S. A good JDO? O, Gasp!

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