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preserving filesystem properties

From: Steve Wray <stevew_at_catalyst.net.nz>
Date: 2004-04-08 01:31:05 CEST

Hi there,
I would like to use subversion to manage directory structures in which
file ownerships and permissions are important.

From what I read at;

where it says;

"Filesystem properties: each file or directory has an invisible hash
table attached. You can invent and store any arbitrary key/value pairs
you wish: owner, perms, icons, app-owner, MIME type, personal notes,
etc. This is a general-purpose feature for users. Properties are
versioned, just like file contents."

subversion should be able to do what I want.

So far I have found no documentation nor examples on how to achieve this
for basic UID/GID/file access permissions under UNIX filesystems (this
is for Linux, BTW).

It doesn't seem to work by default; I created a file in my working copy,
changed its group to 'shadow', svn add-ed it, svn commit-ted it and
checked it out on another workstation; the group ownership was not

I've tested this with file permissions as well; the only thing I've been
able to find is preserving executable perms. I will need sticky, read,
write, the whole lot.

Any pointers?


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