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Re: questions regarding svn metadata (.svn)

From: Charles Acknin <charlesacknin_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-08-26 21:16:40 CEST

On 8/26/07, Taylor Gautier <tgautier@terracottatech.com> wrote:
> I'm trying to figure out a few things about the .svn directories. I
> can't seem to find much about them...I've searched around on Google, SVN
> docs, Forums, and Mailing Lists. It's hard to search for because I am
> not sure what keywords people use when talking about them. Searching
> for .svn is a bit useless...

It's called the Working Copy Administration Area, a.k.a.
Administrative Area. The first place to search is the svnbook which
you can find online. You especially want to look here:
http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.4/svn.developer.insidewc.html first.

> So:
>
> * have there ever been any discussions about using a different style for
> storing the metadata - e.g. ala perforce - instead of .svn files/dirs
> everywhere? I don't want to start a new discussion on this topic
> without having read any existing discourse

I don't know about previous talks (though you can browse/search this
mailing list archives), but svk deals with those directories
differently. It's worth having a look.

> * are there any good sources for how to hide this information from
> everyday unix tools like find and so on (I know how to use various
> parameters, or | grep -v svn --- but I want something a bit more
> automatic)?

I use 'wcfind' sometime
(http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/trunk/tools/client-side/wcfind), a
find(1) wrapper using -prune option to hide .svn and CVS dirs.

Cheers,
Charles

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