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Re: SVN Search capability

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 22:54:26 +0100

2008/7/22 Lawrence Cohan <lawrencec_at_1shoppingcart.com>:
> I'm a fairly new SVN user (few months old) and I was surprised to not be
> able to find the "find" or "search" functionality in SVN.
> Amazingly enough (from my point of view) this wonderful tool is missing (or
> maybe it's well hidden) one of the most useful piece of functionality of
> that is search or find. As we have hundreds of project with thousands of
> folders and many more files in the repository it is always a challenge for
> myself (being relatively new on the job) to locate a file by name in SVN.
> And of course the next natural search option I couldn't find in SVN is to do
> a search by content and return a list of all files in a folder or project
> that contains it. Did anyone else encountered similar issues and had a
> similar request by any chance?

If you want client side search, there are any number of programs which
will search a directory tree, including Windows itself and most text
editors. I suspect you don't mean this at all and you are asking for a
server-side search, in which case you need to request this feature on
the <users at subversion tigris org> mailing list. TortoiseSVN is a
client, this feature would need to be added to the server.

Be warned that it is not a trivial request. Would you want the search
to operate over all revisions as well as the entire tree at HEAD? How
would you handle different permissions in different parts of the tree?
The search would be *very* resource intensive - how would you stop
this being used as a DOS attack?


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