• Name

    svn merge – Apply the differences between two sources to a working copy path.


    svn merge [-c M | -r N:M] SOURCE[@REV] [WCPATH]
    svn merge sourceURL1[@N] sourceURL2[@M] [WCPATH]
    svn merge sourceWCPATH1@N sourceWCPATH2@M [WCPATH]


    In the first and second forms, the source paths (URLs in the first form, working copy paths in the second) are specified at revisions N and M. These are the two sources to be compared. The revisions default to HEAD if omitted.

    The -c M option is equivalent to -r N:M where N = M-1. Using -c -M does the reverse: -r M:N where N = M-1.

    In the third form, SOURCE can be a URL or working copy item, in which case the corresponding URL is used. This URL, at revisions N and M, defines the two sources to be compared.

    WCPATH is the working copy path that will receive the changes. If WCPATH is omitted, a default value of “.” is assumed, unless the sources have identical basenames that match a file within “.”: in which case, the differences will be applied to that file.

    Unlike svn diff, the merge command takes the ancestry of a file into consideration when performing a merge operation. This is very important when you're merging changes from one branch into another and you've renamed a file on one branch but not the other.

    Alternate Names



    Working copy

    Accesses Repository

    Only if working with URLs


    --revision (-r) REV
    --change (-c) REV
    --non-recursive (-N)
    --quiet (-q)
    --diff3-cmd CMD
    --extensions (-x) ARG
    --username USER
    --password PASS
    --config-dir DIR


    Merge a branch back into the trunk (assuming that you have a working copy of the trunk, and that the branch was created in revision 250):

    $ svn merge -r 250:HEAD http://svn.red-bean.com/repos/branches/my-branch
    U  myproj/tiny.txt
    U  myproj/thhgttg.txt
    U  myproj/win.txt
    U  myproj/flo.txt

    If you branched at revision 23, and you want to merge changes on trunk into your branch, you could do this from inside the working copy of your branch:

    $ svn merge -r 23:30 file:///tmp/repos/trunk/vendors
    U  myproj/thhgttg.txt

    To merge changes to a single file:

    $ cd myproj
    $ svn merge -r 30:31 thhgttg.txt 
    U  thhgttg.txt

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