Undelete Something With SVN

Ever delete something with svn (svn del) and then realize you needed it again? You can get it back by using: svn copy -r HEAD filenameyoudeleted.extension filenameyoudeleted.extension

  • svn copy is the command to get a working copy back
  • -r is short for revision. I used HEAD which will give you the latest in repository. You can specify a revision number, revision right before you committed, etc (check out svn help copy)
  • filename is what you deleted, then where it goes. I usually do something like this within the folder the file was located so you do not see any paths, but if your file was in /www/files/ you would need to specify the file path to /www/files/filnameyoudeleted.extension /www/files/filnameyoudeleted.extension

Working with SVN is a lifesaver – and this tip is gold.

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Jennifer Zelazny

My name is Jennifer Zelazny and this site is a collection of my random thoughts and opinions. I am Penn Stater, WordPress developer, and a modern day explorer. I love exploring data, trends, and things that make the world a better place and sharing them here.

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