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Documentation/git-svn: updated design philosophy notes

This section has not been updated in a while and
--branches/--tags/--trunk options are commonly used nowadays.

Noticed-by: Lars Hjemli <>
Signed-off-by: Eric Wong <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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 Merge tracking in Subversion is lacking and doing branched development
-with Subversion is cumbersome as a result.  git-svn does not do
-automated merge/branch tracking by default and leaves it entirely up to
-the user on the git side.  git-svn does however follow copy
-history of the directory that it is tracking, however (much like
-how 'svn log' works).
+with Subversion can be cumbersome as a result.  While git-svn can track
+copy history (including branches and tags) for repositories adopting a
+standard layout, it cannot yet represent merge history that happened
+inside git back upstream to SVN users.  Therefore it is advised that
+users keep history as linear as possible inside git to ease
+compatibility with SVN (see the CAVEATS section below).