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From Stefan <>
Subject Re: Subversion checkout behavior at non-existent revision
Date Mon, 09 May 2016 23:09:13 GMT
On 5/10/2016 00:15, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
> Tati, Aslesh wrote on Fri, May 06, 2016 at 21:33:40 +0000:
>> Hi,
>> I have a question about the behavior of svn checkout. Here is the scenario:
>> I have a standard trunk, branches, tags structure for one of my apps in a repo and
I created a branch, say at revision 500 of trunk.
>> Later, I delete the branch and the recreate another branch with the same name and
at the same revision 500 of trunk.
>> Now I'm trying to check out the branch at revision 500. I know that the branch doesn't
exist at r500 (it will be some higher revision), only trunk does and it probably doesn't make
sense to check out a branch at that revision; but I'm interested in knowing why this behavior
occurs and if it is expected.
>> svn co <REPO_URL>/branches/<BRANCH>@500 --> svn info on that gives
the URL as expected i.e. <REPO_URL>/branches/<BRANCH>
>> svn co -r 500 <REPO_URL>/branches/<BRANCH> --> svn info on that gives
an unexpected result i.e. <REPO_URL>/trunk
>> Shouldn't subversion complain that the branch doesn't exist at revision 500?
> No.
> «svn checkout -r 500 <REPO_URL>/branches/<BRANCH>» means "Look what
> BRANCH is in rHEAD, trace copies back to r500, then operate on that",
> which is why it checks out trunk@r500.
Thanks for the explanation. After you realize that the branch which is 
being worked on in the given example is basically the trunk in r500, 
that's all quite logical.


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