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From Edwin Castro <>
Subject Re: Switching
Date Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:29:59 GMT
On 8/22/13 3:00 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> Why can svn not, instead, simply interpret an already existing directory
>> > as not a conflict? Certainly if a versioned file would overwrite an
>> > unversioned file of the same name then that is a true conflict because
>> > the content may differ. A directory has nicely compartmentalized units
>> > of content which can be handled in a smarter way.
> No, look at your logs of directory history.  They aren't just
> containers for whatever happens to be there, the history of adds and
> deletes are there.   It might be possible to make things work where it
> would pretend that it created a directory keeping the history from the
> repo but ignoring extraneous content, but its not what I'd expect.

Directories also have "content" in the form of properties.

The problem is svn doesn't have enough information to make *good*
decisions about conflicts between two objects with different histories
(regardless of whether the object is a file, directory, or other). Here
are some examples:

1.) Two objects added in two different branches have different
histories, even if they have the same name and content, causing a tree
conflict on merge.

2.) Two objects with the same name where one is versioned (has history)
and the other is unversioned (no history) also causes a tree conflict on

Because a good decision cannot be made, svn punts and requires the user
to take action.

Edwin G. Castro

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