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From "Cooke, Mark" <>
Subject RE: Copy the files between the branches witin the same repo and with saving the svn info about the operation.
Date Mon, 12 May 2014 06:24:21 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kamil Libich []
> Sent: 07 May 2014 15:09
> Hi,
> I could not find any information neither in the archive nor in the svn book
> :-(
> I'd like to ask you about the copying a file(s) from one repo branch to
> another branch of the repo. Although, seems to be trivial, please read the
> scenario below.
> I've been working on the project which has a lot of changes which have to be
> deployed in very short periods of time; daily or sometimes twice a day. I do
> releases directly from the trunk.
> Now, I heading the situation in which I have to work on the different
> software; still within the same project, but in different branch. Let call
> this new branch a trunk2.
> I realised, that I have to slightly modify a lot of files belongs to trunk
> branch. Instead of doing ordinary copy operation and check in to the new
> branch with comment about its  provenance in the comment field (as I do when
> I have to copy one or two files only) I'd like to copy in the way that the
> information about from where the files were copied we maintain in svn
> automatically.
> Can I do this?

If I understand you correctly: yes!

Check out the subversion "copy" command which does exactly what you want.  If you work in
local "working copies" then you can copy multiple files and commit in one go.  If you use
TortoiseSVN on Windows (you forget to say what platform you are on) you can also use the right-click-and-drag
which will offer you the svn options when you do the file movement.

Hope that helps,

~ Mark C

> Sumarising,
> The present situation:
> 1. I check out the trunk branch
> 2. I check out the trunk2 branch
> 3. I do copy the files I want (under the OS, select and drag over)
> 4. I update the trunk2 branch with the information about the source of the
> files in the comment window during the update
> The demanded situation:
> How to do the copy (create a duplicate of the file in the different branch
> and still the same branch) whilst the information about the source of the
> copy will be automatically (not in comments field) maintained by SVN.
> It will allow me to do the independent changes in two branches still
> maintaining the history with letting me know which file was derived from
> which file and when.
> Cheers,
> Kamil
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