I would like to request an enhancement for subversion: adding an
'--ignore-externals' or '--local' option to svn status and svn update.
It would do what the name suggests: ignore subdirectories that come from
a different svn repository via svn:externals. A short single letter
option would be nice too.
Use case: the development version of SchoolTool depends on the
development version of Zope 3. To make developer's life easier,
SchoolTool pulls in Zope 3 via svn:externals so you only need a single
svn checkout. However, running svn status or svn update in the working
tree takes a long time, because Zope 3 is rather big.
Another use case: I have added my home directory into Subversion (so
that I could easily replicate it -- or bits of it -- between my laptop
and desktop, plus I get backups). Some larger subdirectories are added
into their own separate subversion repositories and included via
svn:externals. Running svn update or svn status at the root directory
takes a lot of time and produces a lot of output, even when I only want
to see what dotfiles were changed in my topmost repository.
For example, currently when I do svn status, I get this:
mg@perlas:~ $ svn st
Performing status on external item at '.mutt'
Performing status on external item at '.vim'
Performing status on external item at 'sigs'
Performing status on external item at '.xchat2/xchatlogs'
I would like to be able to do (assuming the new option is -l or --local)
mg@perlas:~ $ svn st -l
It would be nice if I also could suppress the X'es, but that's an orthogonal
issue that already has an entry:
You can't spell evil without vi.
Received on Fri Jan 14 17:42:41 2005