Poetry of Programming

Its about Ruby on Rails – Kiran Soumya


Driver Error: Svn Merge

The ‘svn merge’ command compares two trees, generates a patch, then
applies that patch to a working copy. Yes, you have complete freedom
to compare any two trees, and thereby generate any patch you want. But
that does *not* mean that ‘svn merge’ always will do what you want.
It’s *your* responsbility to make sure that the patch being produced
makes sense, and cleanly applies to your working copy.      
Skipped ‘src’
Skipped ‘src’
Skipped ‘src\au’
Skipped ‘src\au\com’
Skipped ‘src\au\com\forward’
Skipped ‘src\au\com\forward\codeSections’
A src\au\com\forward\codeSections\DesignNotes.txt
A src\au\com\forward\codeSections\CodeSections.java
Skipped ‘src\au\com\forward\codeSections\testFiles’
A src\au\com\forward\codeSections\testFiles\testin.cs
Skipped ‘docs’
Skipped ‘docs’
A docs\htmldoc.exe 

See those skipped messages? That indicates driver error. The merge
command is trying to add and remove certain directories because they’re
not related to each other at all. Please read this section of chapter
4, regarding ancestry:


Then after reverting, try the merge again with the –ignore-ancestry

So, It is like this what I have implemented,

> Taken a latest production copy as my_working_copy

> Merged the dev branch with production branch under  my_working_copy

svn merge –ignore-ancestry prod_branch_url dev_branch_url my_working_copy/

> And this is how we avoid the driver error.

> Check for conflicts under my_working_copy

Fix the conflicts always in favour of Clients Requirements.

Else if no conflicts, check in the merge to production

Finally, Say The END to the project !!!

Next is What ?  [ Samsung Adv :) ]


Avoid SVN updates for External Rails Plugins in your Application

Make sure you are in the root of your app and do:
svn propedit svn:externals vendor/plugins
Just delete the line(s) of the plugins you no longer want.

If you get the following error then you need to set your environment variable.
svn: None of the environment variables SVN_EDITOR, VISUAL or EDITOR is set, and no ‘editor-cmd’ run-time configuration option was found

For example, you can set the SVN_EDITOR to use Vi editor from your unix prompt like

export SVN_EDITOR='”/bin/vi”‘

In Windows, instead of export, it is

set SVN_EDITOR=c:/windows/notepad.exe (for notepad)


set SVN_EDITOR=”C:\Program Files\Posix Tools\bin\vi” (for Vi editor)


Ubuntu + ROR + Mysql + Svn +VPN

Every time we install Ruby/Rails/Mysql/Rmagick/Vpn on Ubuntu Gutsy or Hardy we face the same  errors again and again. Lets reduce the installation time and have a loop-back-fix-free or smooth installation experience.

After you run the CD or install Ubuntu, make sure of your Network Proxies if any, if so, you need to add the proxy url at System->preferences->Network Proxy.

then from terminal, make sure this passes…

sudo apt-get update

then for Mysql/Rails installation follow this:


and for VPN installation/connection on Ubuntu, this is the best guide: