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I'm new to using the SVN system and having hard time figuring out how to delete files uploaded mistakenly.

What I've done:

  1. Committed the trunk folder with right clicking on "SVN Commit"
  2. Right clicked and choose "TortoiseSVN" -> "Branch/Tag"
  3. In the section of "To path:" in the "Branch/Tag - Tortoise" window, I typed /*mydirectory*/tags/*1.0.11* where 1.0.11 was supposed to be
  4. After realizing 1.0.11 was a mistake, to remove the directory, I right clicked on the 1.0.11 folder in Windows and selected "TortoiseSVN" -> "Delete"

It deleted the folder in Windows but does not delete the folder in the remote server.

According to this page,, a command can be used and I tried to type svn in the command prompt window but it gives svn is not recognized as an internal or external command.

This should be a very basic question but I could not find relevant pages. Some pages suggest to use revert but I've already committed so I'm afraid doing revert causes the newest one to be deleted.

Thanks for your information.

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You have at least 2 choices

  • If your TSVN is 1.7.*, you can have svn-cli client installed with TortoiseSVN in TortoiseSVN's bin dir (if it was enabled at install-stage)

c:\Program Files_Tools\TortoiseSVN\bin>dir *.exe /B ... svn.exe svnadmin.exe svndumpfilter.exe svnlook.exe svnrdump.exe svnserve.exe svnsync.exe svnversion.exe ...

thus: if you don't have these files: reinstall TSVN with all needed components, if you have files: add dir to PATH or use full-path in comand-line

  • With only TSVN you can use Repo Browser and commands in RB's context-menu (namely: "Rename" with wrongly-named tag selected in repository tree)
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Wao, repo-browser just did it. Thanks. But it's really slow. As for the components, I'm using v1.7 and could not find those files so I may need to re-install the program later on. By the way, if I make this kind of mistake again in the future, what should I do first? Is it fine just using repo-browser or should I use the command line tool or is revert supposed to be for this kind of operation? – Teno Sep 24 '12 at 8:47
@Teno - I'll prefer to use pure CLI-solution svn mv OLD-URL NEW-URL, because: not revert, but back-merge will produce one additional commit, RepoBrowser give us some overhead of GUI – Lazy Badger Sep 24 '12 at 8:56
Thank you, it really helped. – Teno Sep 24 '12 at 9:00

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