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Re: Can you set properties on a file without having it checked out?

From: Scott Simpson <Scott.Simpson_at_computer.org>
Date: 2005-05-12 05:48:50 CEST

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

> You can't change versioned data (either a file's text or properties)
> except in a working copy. Plain and simple. In other words, you
> cannot change file-text or properties using a URL argument to some
> command. There's no such thing, and it's deliberate.

OK. So it looks like I'll have to add the property for my Change Request
(CR) number on the client side. I could write a Perl script to intercept
all the command line arguments and have all the users use that. This
would have the disadvantage that I'd have to parse the "svn" command for
file names and such. Yuck. Also, I need to handle three clients:

On Windows: TortoiseSVN and Eclipse (and maybe command line)
On Linux: Command line and Eclipse

How would I intercept all three?

I was also thinking of grabbing my metadata from the log message entered
but I can't do that if I frontend "svn" with a script because I don't
see the log message until after the transaction has finished. Therefore,
I'll have to ask for the CR number first, add the properties to all the
files, and then commit the transaction in my Perl script.

This is getting unwieldy. Is this something Subversion cannot do?

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