Suggestion for Chapter 2 rewording

Nathan Hartman hartman.nathan at
Fri Jan 12 09:48:47 CST 2018

On Jan 11, 2018, at 6:41 PM, wuzhouhui <wuzhouhui14 at> wrote:
> +1. Suppose file a.c has local change:
>     @@ -0,0 +1 @@ 
>     +a.c 
> and change received also has same change. So these two changes are "overlap", but not 
> "conflict". a.c will be marked "G" when update. 
> -----原始邮件-----
> 发件人:"Richard Cavell" <richardcavell at>
> 发送时间:2018-01-12 06:54:31 (星期五)
> 收件人: svnbook-dev at
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> 主题: Re: Suggestion for Chapter 2 rewording
> Sorry. Now that I'm looking at it more closely, I realize that I didn't understand what was being said. But now I think that the word "conflict" would be better than "overlap".
> Here's a patch with that change. What do you think?
> Richard
> Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:22 PM
> From: "C. Michael Pilato" <cmpilato at>
> To: "Richard Cavell" <richardcavell at>
> Cc: svnbook-dev at
> Subject: Re: Suggestion for Chapter 2 rewording 					
> Richard, thanks for reading at that level of detail.  Unfortunately, your new wording reads as though there are still changes forthcoming from the repository -- that is, they haven't come down and been applied to the working copy yet -- and of course, that's simply not true.
> Maybe if you were able to identify precisely what bothers you about the original text, I could give better feedback.  Is it the use of the word "overlap" (instead of "conflict")?
>> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 10:37 AM, Richard Cavell <richardcavell at> wrote:
>> Hi everyone.
>> The wording of this paragraph in chapter 2 of the Subversion book has always bothered me. I think this patch should explain what I mean, and should provide a clearer understanding to the reader.  What do you think?
>> Richard
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It was my understanding that G means "merged" (merGed), meaning there were local changes and incoming changes, and Subversion automatically merged them in your working copy. Perhaps some wording along those lines would be helpful.
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