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Re: GIT/Perforce like .svnignore

From: Nathan Hartman <hartman.nathan_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:23:48 -0500

On Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 2:20 AM Krzysztof Siewiorek <krzycho_s_at_tlen.pl>

> Hi!
> We've started to move from Perforce to SVN in my company for some reasons.
> We moved quite a few big projects that we have or we had been working in
> the past. Working with perforce for years gave us quite a big and precise
> ignore rules list. The problem is that SVN's approach to that does not
> quite scale up and also makes managing ignored files a pain - especially
> when working on many projects in same time.
> I was trying to dig for some piece of information, why actually SVN
> doesn't have implemented something simillar to GIT's or Perforce's ignore
> file that contains extended rules including full directories in the rules,
> !mark to not apply the rules for some files/dir, and so on.


Since you mentioned .svnignore in the subject line, I'd like to point out
that Subversion doesn't require you to clutter your version-controlled
directories with such dotfiles.

Subversion offers versioned properties. These are pieces of metadata that
can be associated to files and directories, and are version-controlled
alongside them. Subversion has various built-in properties, whose names
begin with "svn:". In addition, you can create any other properties you
wish for your own purposes (e.g., to support custom tooling) so long as you
don't start their names with "svn:" as that is reserved for the built-in

When it comes to ignore rules, there are two kinds of properties:

svn:ignore - ignores files matching a pattern in the same directory.

svn:global-ignores - like svn:ignore, but recursive.

In my company's Subversion repository we have quite a few of these
properties set up and to date they have covered all of our needs.

Although there is currently no '!' to ignore a rule for a particular file,
be aware that once a file is added to version control, ignore rules no
longer apply to it. The ignore patterns apply only to files that Subversion
is not tracking, for the purpose of not cluttering up the output of 'svn

Hopefully my message is helpful for you and not merely a regurgitation of
things you already know. :-)

We're glad to hear from you. Feel free to write anytime!

Also, as Brane points out this is a volunteer run open source project so
we're always happy to meet enthusiastic new contributors. If you'd like a
cool new feature and are willing to invest some effort, anything is
possible. Let us know if you're interested...

Received on 2019-11-28 21:24:03 CET

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