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From "Anders J. Munch" <>
Subject Re: Switching
Date Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:16:42 GMT
Edwin Castro wrote:
> I think the --force option is dangerous. Try it out but, in my opinion,
> you should not use it.

Why? Doesn't it perfectly solve the described problem?

I had like so many others given up on switch, because cleaning up
working copies prior to the switch was annoying busywork, an
unnecessary risk (you might delete files that you wished you hadn't)
and very easily forgotten, leading to a messed up working copy. But
now I'm beginning to rethink that; I just have to remember to use
--force with every svn switch.

I don't buy the argument about different histories: the pre-existing
directory doesn't have a subversion history, so from svn's point of
view there is no conflict.  What are the real, practical problems that
you know of or foresee with svn swich --force?

regards, Anders

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