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RE: Using svn:external to point to files

From: Ian Brockbank <ian.brockbank_at_wolfsonmicro.com>
Date: 2004-02-25 16:04:13 CET

Hi Michael,

> > Is it possible to make the external property point to an individual
> > rather than a whole folder? It doesn't appear to work for me.
> Nope. Currently, you can't only point to a directory.

I gather from comments in the feature requests that there are ideas
about replacements for svn:externals. Can you tell us anything about

I too would find svn:externals being allowed to apply to files useful.
Were there technical reasons for the decision, or was it just that CVS
modules don't?

> > As I said above I feel that the subversion book is a little light on
> > this
> That would be my fault. I've added a TODO item for myself to clarify
> this section with respect to the directory-only nature of
> externals definition support.

When you do this, it might also be worth pointing out that you can only
refer to absolute URLs, so if you have references within your
repository, and you move your repository to somewhere else, all your
svn:externals definitions will be broken.


Ian Brockbank C.Eng. MBCS
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