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From esatel <>
Subject merging trunk to branch merges the whole trunk history
Date Wed, 03 Feb 2010 03:30:27 GMT
I have an svn repository created by converting an old cvs repository 
using SVN 1.5.1.

If I do the following:
1. Create a branch  around trunk revision 1598
2. Work a bit further on the trunk and commit (I don't think this is 
necessary, but the repository is too busy to exclude)
3. Someone else works and commits on the branch (I don't think this is 
4. I abandon the trunk and check out the branch fresh
5. cd into the branch
6. svn merge URL_TO_TRUNK

I get conflicts on seemingly every file that got altered at least in the 
trunk. Every file in the trunk is involved in the merge and if it isn't 
a conflict it is marked "A" for added. One of the progress messages says 
--- Merging r2 through 1606 into .

Obviously svn is trying to merge the entire trunk, including thousands 
of revisions that should have been part of the branch when it was 
created. Or am I doing something wrong?  Is this something that got 
fixed after SVN 1.5.1 and if so is an upgrade going to make it work or 
is there some repair work needed? (I realize it is infuriating to have 
someone ask about 1.5 when you are on 1.6, but I don't have a lot of 
admin control at the repository site)?  Should I be doing a "record" 
merge, and if so what would it look like?

Thank you very much for any help you can give me. I really love the new 
merge tracking feature and am eager to get past my impasse so I can use it.


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