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Subject: Re: [boost] [SVN] Spurious changes to lots of files....
From: Daniel James (dnljms_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-04-06 14:37:51

On 6 April 2012 18:59, John Maddock <boost.regex_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> As well as cluttering up the revision logs, this often leads to property
> and/or tree conflicts when merging your own stuff, and I can't tell you how
> annoying that is to figure out! :-(
> BTW, my sincere apologies to Eric here - he just happened to be the latest
> culprit - can some SVN guru suggest how to prevent this sort of spurious
> changing going on?

It's updating merge metadata, because at some point someone has
explicitly merged to that file which causes it to track its own
merges. For that reason it's generally a bad idea to merge to
individual files. Ironically, Eric is actually doing the right thing
by doing a full tree merge. The good news is that when subversion
1.7.x only updates merge metadata for files and directories that have
actually changed so this will be less of a problem as people upgrade
(although it's still a bad idea to merge to individual files, because
it complicates merges and makes them slower).

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