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Re: SVN 'entries' Hacking - Safe?

From: Erik Huelsmann <ehuels_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-11-19 10:48:09 CET

On 11/19/07, Chris Horn <chris@beefstew.net> wrote:
> I'm looking to manage portions of my filesystem with SVN. Things like /etc,
> /var/www, etc. I already have a repository loaded with some files but not
> others (i.e. /var/www is in my repository, but /etc isn't).
>
> I want to leave my server's existing filesystem in place, check some files into
> control, and check some files out to empty slots in the filesystem. This
> doesn't seem to be a supported use case, since SVN won't overlay a checkout
> onto an existing file structure that overlaps at all with version controlled files.
>
> Is it safe to manually edit the .svn/entries file to achieve what I want per the
> solution found at [http://linuxgazette.net/131/shirley.html]? Do you know of
> any problems this could cause?

No, it's not safe. It could cause Subversion to loose track, which can
only be repaired by deleting the working copy and checking out again
(which I presume is a bit hard for /etc...)

The latest development version of Subversion however does allow
checking out over a preexisting tree. Maybe you could try that?

HTH,

Erik.

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