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From "C. Michael Pilato" <>
Subject Re: Coniguring 301/302 redirects to track an fspath rename
Date Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:07:24 GMT
On 02/04/2013 10:57 PM, Greg Stein wrote:
> Better handling of redirects was released in 1.7.0.
> See: and the
> CHANGES file.
> The working copy is not relocated, however. Just the error report. The
> user needs to follow up with some action. Other clients (eg
> TortoiseSVN) could theoretically perform an auto relocation, but the
> cmdline client does not.
> Cheers,
> -g

That's not ... entirely ... true.  In 1.7, I actually did teach Subversion's
update functionality to automatically relocate the working copy if the
server sends a permanent redirect during whatever requests comprise the
svn_ra_open() handling.

The problem I see with all of the chatter in this thread is that 'relocate'
is precisely the *wrong* action for the user to take.  If the repository
directory has simply been moved to some other place in the same repository,
this calls for a regular 'svn switch'.  Relocation is a metadata-only
transformation within the working copy, which tweaks the repos_root_url and
repos_relpath as a way of dealing with the situation where a whole
repository has been moved to/exposed at a different URL.  You need something
here that operates *within the same repository* and which traverses not just
space (URLs) but time also (revisions).  That's 'svn switch'.  We have no
client-side automated support for 'svn switch'ing to a new location.

So, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but this entire exercise is a
giant waste of time and energy.

C. Michael Pilato <>
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