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From Nico Kadel-Garcia <>
Subject Re: Cleanup needed after failed update
Date Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:32:00 GMT
On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 6:20 AM, Justin Case <
> wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Ulrich Eckhardt <>
> >
> > Sorry, but I'm afraid I didn't get across what I wanted to say.
> Correct. Let me simplify again my test case:
> 1. I run svn update
> 2. svn update finds a file in use, aborts
> 3. I free the file, oops it seems I have to cleanup
> Why should I have to cleanup???
> svn update (see point 2) KNEW the file is in use, so instead of leaving
> locks around it could just have skipped that file and print a message that
> not everything have been updated.
> JC

To detect a "locked file" as a safe change to reject and fail on, wouldn't
Subversion have to know quite a bit about the underlying filesystem? This
can be surprisiingly difficult, and is partly why lock files exist, to
abstract that subtle knowledge into a more tangible "no, we're not kidding,
leave this alone while we're doing atomic operations" stage. I'm not saying
it's infeasible, just potentially more comlicated than you may realize.

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