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From David Weintraub <>
Subject Re: Best way to "un-version control" a file?
Date Mon, 04 Oct 2010 13:15:43 GMT
On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM, Bob Archer <> wrote:
> As a users I think this would be useful... but I would not put it at the top of my wish
list. If I "really" need to get something out of the repo it is possible with dumpfilter.

Yes, but a dumpfilter means taking your repository down while you
dump, filter, and reload.

Normally, I don't remove revisions from my repository  -- even when a
developer tells me they made a mistake. I tell them to do a revision
delete and commit. However, if that accidental commit contains
inappropriate business information (one user accidentally committed
their resume), or proprietary business or customer information, I do
want to remove that revision as quickly as possible. In a big shop,
such a request may come in once or twice per month. Unfortunately,
with Subversion, I simply have to tell the user they might have to
wait a month or two when I have time to actually do a dump and reload
which means the information they wanted to destroy is now in the

The lack of such a feature obviously hasn't hurt Subversion's
popularity, but it is a feature that almost all other version control
systems have that Subversion is missing. (And, don't get me started
about true tags either!).

David Weintraub

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