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Failed to load latest commit information. is a tool for automatic branch management, inspired from the original tool It helps reduce merging errors and it's compatible with other tools such as TortoiseSVN. differs from the original tool in several ways:

  • it won't require an "init" step. will start merging your branches right away
  • it uses the svn:mergeinfo automatically, so it can be used in conjunction with other tools, like TortoiseSVN
  • it sports an interactive menu, similar to git --interactive
  • it maintains an ignore list where you can add commits you'll never want to get merged from the source branch0
  • uses internationalization, so it could be largely used (Feature yet to be done) (the tool) will never commit changes to the central repository. That's your responsibility, after checking the issue of the tool's execution. However, the tool will assist by automatically creating a text file you can use as a commit message source.



The tool needs python3, which must be installed somewhere on your system's PATH. Make sure you also add the following modules: xml.dom, pysvn, urllib and colorama.


Poser le script dans un répertoire à votre convenance, puis invoquez l'outil ainsi : Download the script in a directory of your choice then launch it:

Windows boxes


Linux boxes

chmod +x  # this is needed only the first time, after downloading the script, it it's not already executable

On Linux boxes, you may put the script in any directory listed in the $PATH variable. In that case, the ./ prefix is no longer needed (but you already knew that ;-). Always under Linux, you may also define a symlink or an alias named svnmerge, if you find a little too long to type.

alias svnmerge=''

When launched without parameters, the tool should produce an output such as this:

usage: svnmerge [-h] [--verbose VERBOSE] sourcepath
svnmerge: error: the following arguments are required: sourcepath

That means that the tool is ready to use, so move on to the next section.

Operating the script

Before you start

Suppose you're working on a project that has a development branch (such as the trunk) and you're maintaining another branch which is used when delivering the successive versions. That branch was derived from the development branch and it's used for integration builds. You want to periodically merge commits from the development branch to the integration branch.

You have an integration branch local copy on your computer. This local copy must absolutely be clean and it should not have locally added files or other modification whatsoever. If that's not the case, the tool will issue an warning when launched.

IMPORTANT : If the current directory is not an SVN local copy, it prints an error message that it quits.

If the integration branch was never merged with the development branch

cd integration-local-copy <url-svn-dev-branch>

Suivre les instructions à l'écran pour fusionner les commits ou encore pour marquer les commits inutiles en tant qu'ignorés. Le mode opératoire est donnée plus bas.

Let the tool guide you through the process of merging or marking the unneeded commits. The steps are detailed below.

Usual workflow

cd integration-local-copy ?

The tool will display a first menu, inviting you to choose the source branch you want to get merged into the current branch. Just enter the corresponding line number, the hit enter to get to the main menu. See description below.

Using the main menu

The main menu looks like this:

1. R12345 <commit date> <auteur1> First commit message
2. R12355 <commit date> <auteur2> Second commit message
... other similar lines, each having a sequence number

D show/hide file details | M Select commits for merge... | I Select commits to ignore... | Q Quit

If you're using a color terminal, the different menu fields are individually colored. The numbered lines display the commits available on the source branch that are not yet merged on with the local copy. The last line show the available options:

  • D toggle the file details for each commit; this detail is initially hidden to avoid display cluttering.

  • M Start the merge operation

  • I start the ignore operation

  • Q immediately quit the script. A message will be printed upon exit if the local copy was modified. If that's the case, the tool will also produce a new file named commit_message that contains a commit message you can use when committing your local copy. See below for an usage example.

In order to start one of these commands, simply enter the corresponding letter (the case is ignored) the hit enter.

The M command

The tool will first ask to select the line numbers:

Enter commit numbers (ex: 1,3-5,8):

Enter the commit numbers using the example syntax, the hit enter to get the menu redisplayed. This time, the selected lines will display a star as the very first character.

A new menu will be displayed:

V Validate | M Select more commits... | D show/hide file details | Q Quit

This menu's options are:

  • V Use this when all commits are marked and you want to go ahead and validate your choice. The tool will effectively do the merge and your local copy will get modified. For each of the marked commits the tool will do:

      svn merge -cNNNN --depth=infinity <svn-url-source-branch>
      Add a corresponding line to the file named *commit_message*

Once the commit list done, the tool goes back the the main menu. If no commits are left unmerged, the available commit list will be replaced with an "no commit available" message, and the main menu will only give you the choice to quit.

  • M Let's you select other lines, and add them to the list of the commits to be processed.

  • D toggle the file details for each commit; this detail is initially hidden to avoid display cluttering. That's the same option as the one from the main menu.

  • Q Immediately quits the script.

The I command

This command creates a special property on your local copy, named svnmerge:ignored_commits. This will get transmitted to the SVN repository along with your commit, so other team members will also benefit from it. The tool reads this property upon start and uses it to filter the commit list displayed by the main menu.

This options comes in handy when you already merged code using external tools, such as KDiff3, and doing and svn merge would lead to a conflict. To avoid that, you put the corresponding commit on this ignore list and you eliminate the risk of conflicting merging.

La commande commence par demander le numéro de commit, comme dans les autres cas : The tool starts by asking the commit number:

Enter commit numbers (ex: 1,3-5,8):

The commits list will be refreshed, with selected lines marked by a star. The menu will display the following commands:

Lines marked to be IGNORED
V Validate I Add other lines... D show/hide file details | Q Quit

This menu options are:

  • V Go ahead and put the selected lines on the ignore list svnmerge:ignored_commits. The file commit_message will aso be created and it can be used to commit the property change. As long as this property is not committed, other team members will not get it on their local copies.

  • I Add other lines to the ignore list

  • Q Immediately quit the script

Commit the changes

You could use the following little script when you're done with the merging operation:

svn commit -F commit_message
rm commit_message