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From Stefan <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Reject checkouts to existing directory
Date Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:24:00 GMT
On 10/13/2016 2:54 PM, Stefan wrote:
> On 10/12/2016 5:00 PM, 'Stefan Sperling' wrote:
>> I'm actually surprised that we made this change in 1.7.
>> If 'svn checkout' sees an existing directory the most likely situation is
>> that the user has made a mistake. Leaving behind a working copy full of
>> tree conflicts is hardly useful in this situation. I would expect this to
>> happen only with a flag such as --force but the default behaviour being
>> not touch an existing directory.
> Was looking through the mailing list but couldn't find any older
> discussion leading to this change of behavior in 1.7.
> From my point of view, it would be fine to change the behavior, if
> checking out into an empty directory would still work without the
> force-parameter.
> Rational: New users of svn (especially Windows users) usually create a
> folder first and then want to co into that directory (don't ask me why
> it's different for the Linux user base). If an obvious "svn co [URL]
> C:\mywc" fails without specifying the --force parameter it would
> introduce a new unnecessary hurdle for new users, IMO.

Just wanted to check out whether the help string could be improved for
1.9 (and possibly 1.8). Doing a test checkout of the subversion trunk
(svn co [url] .) into an unversioned copy of the subversion trunk I
ended up with several files having been marked as deleted (tested with


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