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Re: Possible to perform substitution in text-files with property values

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006d_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-10-02 17:22:06 CEST

On Oct 2, 2006, at 05:28, Ken A. Redergård wrote:

> Is it possible to perform substitution in text-files with property
> values ?
> For example I would like to have a copyright and license text at
> the top in the file.
> $copyright$
> $license$
> Now I set the properties copyright and license at some directory
> higher in the directory structure.
> When I have set the properties I would like to have the $copyright$
> and $license$ replaced with the text in the properties.

No, there is no such feature in Subversion.

A workaround could be to write a wrapper script around the "svn
commit" command which substitutes these variables before performing
the commit. This would only work if everybody uses the command-line
client, and you would need to write different versions if you use
multiple operating systems on the client (for example Windows and

Another option could be to write a post-commit hook which examines
the commit which just occurred, and if these placeholders are still
present in the file, to immediately perform another commit in which
these placeholders are replaced with the content you want. This would
work regardless of the client settings and there would be nothing to
set up on the client, which could be an advantage, but such a hook
script can be complicated to write because the it must maintain its
own working copy in which to perform these modifications.

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