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property import/export

From: David Waite <mass_at_akuma.org>
Date: 2002-07-23 08:33:32 CEST

While conversing in #svn, Nicholas asked if there was a way to to
specify files to ignore on a svn import.

With CVS, imports pay attention to the .cvsignore, which allows you to
export a revision and import the tree into another repository. With
subversion, the ignore list is not a file but a property, and properties
do not get exported.

So there are a number of pieces of fruit here, some lower-hanging than

a) It would be rather nice to be able to specify a file containing
ignore patterns when doing a 'svn import'. The difference between this
file and the svn:ignore property would be indicating ignore instructions
for subdirectories.

b) It would also be nice to be able to export this ignore list with 'svn

c) Eventually, importing and exporting the properties attached within
the repository would be ideal - although this would probably not be the
default, and a representation for this in a traditional filesystem would
need to be devised.

d) A patch format which could represent properties would be also be very

-David Waite

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