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Re: svn status and svn:externals

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-08-15 13:59:29 CEST

On Aug 15, 2005, at 6:48 AM, Gareth Bryan wrote:

> Hi,
> Appologies if this is an RTFM question (I have, but can't spot the
> answer)...
> What is the reason for the status command showing 'X' for (external)
> subdirectories but showing normal when the command is run directly on
> that subdir?
> To clarify, assume that ./lib/thirdParty is external (in my case diff
> project in same repos)
> 'svn status ./lib' returns:
> X lib/thirdparty

Right, because you're asking the lib directory: "what sort of
interesting things do you contain?", and the answer is: "I have a
child named 'thirdparty' which is an externally-linked thing."

> whereas 'svn status ./lib/thirdparty' returns nothing?

Here, you're asking the thirdparty directory: "what sort of
interesting things do you contain?", and the answer is, "nothing".
The thirdparty directory is a completely standalone working copy, all
by itself. It has no knowledge of its parent directory, nor
knowledge that it's somehow "linked" to the parent through its
parent's svn:externals property.

> Is the only way to determine whether or not a directory path is
> external to run a status command on its parent directory?

Yes. The external linkage is purely a property of the parent, and
subdirs don't track their parents.

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