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Re: Getting files from folders outside of your repository versioned

From: Ulrich Eckhardt <ulrich.eckhardt_at_dominolaser.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:04:06 +0100

Note up front: You are mixing up the terms "repository" and "working copy" in
your message, I hope I guessed right what you meant.

On Thursday 25 November 2010, Ewgenij Sokolovski wrote:
> I have the following issue. I would like to version a configuration file,
> which resides outside of my svn-repository. It is a system configuration
> file, so it has to be stored at a predefined place. Certainly, I could
> copy it to my repository and version it there. But that
> would imply, that I would have to put an eye on the synchronization of the
> two files (the original and the copy) the whole time. That is quite
> annoying. So, is it possible to make subversion watch the file although it
> is outside of the working repository?

The short answer is "no". The main point is that SVN never versions single
files, the smallest possible part is a directory.

There are several things you could do, but basically it boils down to two
 1. You create a solution on top of SVN.
This means e.g. writing a batchfile that creates or syncs a WC with the
according configuration file. You might also be able to employ symlinks or
other features of your filesystem to your advantage.

 2. You turn the directory where the file is stored a working copy.
You can do so by simply creating a target dir in the repository ("svn mkdir
$URL/config") and checking out that dir in the directory where the file is
stored ("svn co $URL/config ."). You can then add the configuration file and
commit, just like with any other WC.

I believe there also was a script or so to upload a single file to a
repository, which might be a third alternative.


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