Right, this has been breaking me for two days. I can't get an answer anywhere!
I have drush 4.4 on my server. I am using SVN via Unfuddle.com. I have a site, I want to update a lot of modules. I want to update just the code, then check it's working (DB updates are not a concern at this point) then commit the relevant code.
It used to be that drush dl would simply download the module code over the top of the old module, without removing it. That is no longer the case. Now, AFAICT, drush removes the module directory and replaces it with the newer version. That's all well and good, because it solves the problem of old files that are no longer in the updated module being left behind.
However, using the drush dl or upc commands, I am stuck, because running these commands does indeed get the newer version, but it destroys the SVN data folder in the process, leaving me with "! module/file.php" problems everywhere for files that aren't there any more.
I have been advised that "drush upc/dl modulename --version-control=svn" should work, but it doesn't. The SVN data is still destroyed.
This leaves me with the potential nightmare of having to: svn del module, svn commit -m"Removed module", drush dl module, (test the module), svn add module, svn commit -m"Added module" - for every single module, which is a total horror.
I do not want to set up drush to auto-commit my changes, I just want to download them and commit them all manually at the end when I'm happy with the changes. This can't be that hard, but I simply cannot get it to work.
I have also been advised that moving to git (yes, I'm aware unfuddle supports git!) is also a solution, but it's not an immediate one, and is not satisfactory at this point in time.
Can anyone please shed some light on this?!