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Re: Exclude file types from SVN diffs?

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_apache.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:14:32 +0100

On 06.11.2017 10:59, Chris wrote:
> Hi,
> what's the best way to filter out a certain type of file from svn diff output without having to use external tools such as filterdiff?
> The project I'm working with insists on storing a lot of data files in ascii format in the repo, but users don't want to see diffs for these files.
> I was thinking of changing the svn:mime-type on these to e.g. octet-stream, but will that affect how the database on the server handles these as well? That is, it would be nice if the server could still treat these files as text files and compress changes, but that the diffs are not shown to users.

The repository doesn't care if files are text or not; compression
(actually, binary delta storage) happens regardless. Specifically, the
server does not interpret the value of the svn:mime-type property in any

> Another option would be if there's some way to add exclude-patterns to svn diff, e.g. something like "svn diff --exclude-filepatterns '*.ascii'". Is anything similar to that available?
> Or a similar exclude-functionality that could look for specific svn properties "--exclude-files-with-properties myasciifileproperty" so I can force a property "myasciifileproperty" on all these files

Nothing like that is available.

If you do set the MIME type to something that's not "text/*", 'svn diff'
will still show the diff headers for changed files but won't show the
diff contents.

There is another way you could solve this: by using the --diff-cmd
option and writing a tool that ignores cretain files. Diff headers will
still be printed, though.

-- Brane
Received on 2017-11-06 12:14:37 CET

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