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Re: SVN and NTFS - illegal character ':' in filename

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2010a_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 06:46:52 -0500

On Mar 23, 2010, at 05:14, Markus Fried wrote:

> I'm using SVN (client side) on a Win7 64bit box with NTFS. I've got an issue when SVN tried to create a (SVN-system-file) named "locations-fit (10.08.09 09:52).js.svn-base".
>
> On NTFS a ':' marks an "alternate data stream", so a "svn update" produces an file system error.
>
> Is there a way to tell SVN not to use such file names?

You can write a pre-commit hook preventing the commit of files whose names contain forbidden characters. There's a whole list of characters and filenames that Windows doesn't like that it would be useful to prevent the commit of. I'm not sure if anybody has written such a script yet.

After you put such a hook script in place, you may also still need to look at all the files already in your repository and see if any of them violate the naming restrictions, and rename them if they do.
Received on 2010-03-23 12:47:30 CET

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