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Re: SVN:Externals

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006d_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-10-20 01:07:03 CEST

On Oct 19, 2006, at 13:26, Res Pons wrote:

> I find svn:externals extremely difficult to use and comprehend
> especially when there're very few examples provided in the manual.
> I have our SVN repository on a RHEL 4 Enterprise Linux box along
> with WinXP clients. I browse to my working folder and do svn
> propget svn:externals '.' (dot for here) and I get tons of errors.

Such as?

> I tried to set the externals a while back and now it has locked up
> the folders and SVN Clean Up won't work either. How can I find out
> where the externals are set and undo them? Could someone help me
> please, many thanks.

You can recursively get all properties on all items in your working

cd working-copy
svn proplist -v -R . | less

Now search through that for occurrences of "svn:externals"

> Here's a list of errors:
> 1- svn: Explicit target required ('interact' interpreted as prop
> value)

You have executed an invalid command in attempting to set the
svn:externals property; therefore, no property was set. Show us the
command you attempted to execute and we'll show you what you need to

I'll give you an example though. Suppose you have a working copy, and
it contains a directory "lib", and inside lib you want to pull in
various external libraries from elsewhere in your repository. Suppose
your repository root is at http://www.example.org/svn/ .

cd working-copy/lib
svn propedit svn:externals .

Note the dot (".") at the end to indicate that you want to set this
property on the directory you're in right now. "svn propedit" will
bring up your preferred editor where you should enter one line per
external library that you want to bring in. Each line has two fields,
separated by a tab. The first field is the name of the directory that
you want to have created in your local working copy. After the tab,
the second field is the URL to the repository for the original item.
So if you have, say, vendor/prototype/1.4.0 and vendor/smarty/2.6.14
in your repository and want to bring these into your lib directory,
then the svn:externals property might read:

prototype http://www.example.org/svn/vendor/prototype/1.4.0
smarty http://www.example.org/svn/vendor/smarty/2.6.14

> 2- svn: This client is too old to work with working copy 'pix';
> please get a newer
> Subversion client

That has nothing to do with any of your svn:externals troubles. You
have previously used a Subversion 1.4 client on this working copy,
and are now trying to use a pre-1.4 client with the working copy. Use
only Subversion 1.4 clients with this working copy from now on.

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