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Global-ignores active on import!

From: Delbert D. Franz <ddf_at_lka.com>
Date: 2004-02-24 04:13:48 CET

It became necessary to redesign the repository on one of my
major projects. As a result, some files not under version
control were now placed under version control.
The files under the old design that were not under
version control were included in the global-ignore
list in the user-config file.

I forgot to remove these files/extensions from this
global-ignore list and found that this list is
not only used for the svn status subcommand
but also for the svn import subcommand. I found
that no files with their name or their extension
on the global-ignore list in the user-config file,
were imported.

The Subversion book and the notes in the config file
only describe the function of the global-ignore list
with respect to svn status but not with respect to
svn import where it also appears to be active.

Is the role of global-ignore for svn import
a bug or an undocumented feature?
Once I discovered its role for import, I could see
some good uses for svn import. It then becomes
easier to place the files in a directory under version
control without having to remove those files
that were to remain outside such control. Merely
adding their file names or file extensions to the
global-ignore list keeps them from being imported.

If this is a feature, it needs to be mentioned in the
Subversion book in this role as well as for svn status.


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