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Re: delete dead feature branches?

On Fri, 25 Sep 2009, Jason Merrill wrote:

> The SVN book
> (
> suggests deleting feature branches that have been merged into the trunk; I
> think this would help to reduce the clutter in the branches directory and
> avoid confusion with people expecting to find ongoing development on abandoned
> branches.  The branches would continue to exist in the revision history, just
> not not in the current revision.

Do we believe any future conversion to another version control system 
(that might have a more structured notion of what is a branch than it 
simply being a directory used in a certain way) would continue to make the 
history of such branches readily available?  (This is more something to 
make sure of in the course of such a conversion, that this history is 
kept, but we might wish to avoid making such a conversion unnecessarily 

We also have branches/dead/, and a feature branch may be dead for reasons 
other than having been merged into trunk (for example, it may have been 
replaced by another branch without all changes being merged into trunk).

Joseph S. Myers

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