We currently have 2 branches:


current_version is a branch where all developers currently works.

We starting a next version and created next_version branch from some point in current_version, while work on current_version is still continuing. In next_version we do some development and in next months the branch will become our main one, where all development will be done.

Since there's development on current_branch, we thought periodically (say once per 2 weeks) to rebase next_version. This in order to keep both branch in sync, so when all developers will eventually drop current_branch and move to next_release, next_release will contain all current_branch's feature integrated and tested.

The problem is rebasing. Actually rebasing is merging latest commits of current_branch to next_version. So if I'll examine history of commited files in next_release, all I'll see is the merge commits and not the history (commits/authors/annotation) of current_version.

Do I miss something?

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No, you haven't missed anything. This is a big problem with using SVN for version control.

I ran into it over and over again at my last job. Every time somebody committed something to current_branch (to stick with your terminology), the commit message would have to be copied manually so it could be used in the merge commit message. This quickly became a huge pain.

That's why new version control software has come out with better merging capabilities (Git, Mercurial, and Bazaar come to mind).

EDIT: Apparently SVN has fixed this issue. SVN 1.5 and up incorporate merge-sensitive logs and annotations. Use the flag --use-merge-history (-g) with svn merge and svn blame to see the commit messages from the merged branch.

@ThisSuitIsBlackNot your deleted comment about svn 1.6 feature "Merge-Sensitive Logs and Annotationscomment" is what I'm looking for. Using flag -use-merge-history(-g) along with svn log/blame will do the work. I see the feature present in 1.5 too. Update your answer and I'll accept it :)

I deleted a file from my system from svn.I checked in a fresh copy of the same file.How do I retrieve it with the history so that I can see the history in show log?