How to rename an SVN branch and update references in an existing sandbox?
$ svn move https://server/repos/myrepo/branches/oldbranch \ https://server/repos/myrepo/branches/newbranch
So far, so good — the branch has been renamed.
The trouble is, we have existing sandboxes checked out from this branch and when I try to update I get this error:
$ svn update svn: Target path '/branches/oldbranch' does not exist
A fairly self-explanatory error. After a quick search I thought I had found the solution: Relocating SVN working copy following branch rename
The trouble is, that when I try to issue that command I get another error:
$ svn switch --relocate https://server/repos/myrepo/branches/oldbranch \ https://server/repos/myrepo/branches/newbranch svn: Relocate can only change the repository part of an URL
As far as I can see, I am using the
--relocate command the same way as Sander Rijken. Any ideas why I get this error?
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svn switch https://server/repos/myrepo/branches/newbranch
from within your working copy.
For changing relative path you must to use pure
svn switch (and anyway
switch --relocate is deprecated), as written in
svn help switch for 1-st form
switch URL[@PEGREV] [PATH]
Update the working copy to mirror a new URL within the repository.
This behavior is similar to 'svn update', and is the way to move a working copy to a branch or tag within the same repository.
I.e in the root of WC for
oldbranch, which is now
newbranch, you have to use
svn switch ^/branches/newbranch
If you had simply wanted to rename a SVN branch in Eclipse, the easiest would have been to go into the SVN Repository Exploring Perspective, and then right click on your branch -> Refactor-> Rename