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RE: deleting files from the repository

From: Bolstridge, Andrew <andy.bolstridge_at_intergraph.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:19:48 -0000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ryan Schmidt [mailto:subversion-2009a_at_ryandesign.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:00 AM
> To: Bolstridge, Andrew
> Cc: users_at_subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: deleting files from the repository
> While the dumpfile format is not complex, I'm sure it would take a
> significant amount of work to write a tool that processes it
> accurately. I would instead strongly recommend you look into the
> existing tools that can modify dumpfiles, including svndumpfilter,
> svndumptool, svndumpfilter2 and svndumpfilter3.
My problem is that I have roughly 100 files to remove, and my repo is
very large - dumping it takes several hours and I was under the
impression that svndumpfilter only excluded 1 (explicitly specified)
file at a time.
I'll have another go this weekend with svndumpfilter3.

> > I've since updated the pre-commit hook to prevent this kind of
> > problem, but I live in fear that someone will upload a tiff or a
> > database file.
> If it's size in the repository you're concerned with, your pre-commit
> hook could check the size of the committed files and fail if they're
> too large.

I have since done this for file extensions, good suggestion to restrict
by filesize too.

> > Wouldn't it be a good idea to set such a hook up by default for
> > most repositories - it wouldn't be a newbie-knowledge problem, the
> > first time someone checked in a banned file, they'd get a commit-
> > error message telling them why and they could alter the hook.
> What criteria would you suggest the hook script use to reject files?
> Are you talking about just matching certain filename extensions,
> perhaps the same list Subversion uses by default for global-ignores?

Yes, an alternative would be to block every file, the first thing an
admin would do is delete or modify the list of extensions. If they
forgot, they'd be reminded the first time they try to add a new file.
The list could be extended dramatically - the current default set
doesn't include many windows development exclusions, and will probably
be always out of date, so exclude practically everything by default.


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