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SVN 'entries' Hacking - Safe?

From: Chris Horn <chris_at_beefstew.net>
Date: 2007-11-19 07:05:11 CET

I'm looking to manage portions of my filesystem with SVN. Things like /etc,
/var/www, etc. I already have a repository loaded with some files but not
others (i.e. /var/www is in my repository, but /etc isn't).

I want to leave my server's existing filesystem in place, check some files into
control, and check some files out to empty slots in the filesystem. This
doesn't seem to be a supported use case, since SVN won't overlay a checkout
onto an existing file structure that overlaps at all with version controlled files.

Is it safe to manually edit the .svn/entries file to achieve what I want per the
solution found at [http://linuxgazette.net/131/shirley.html]? Do you know of
any problems this could cause?

Many thanks,

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Received on Mon Nov 19 07:01:41 2007

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