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Re: How to see when an item was added using svnlook?

From: Bo Berglund <bo.berglund_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:27:32 +0100

On Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:42:07 +0100, Branko ?ibej <brane_at_apache.org>

>On 01.01.2018 21:28, Bo Berglund wrote:
>> I am trying to use svnlook to find the revision when a directory was
>> created. I want to use this to dig out the timestamps of tags and
>> branches. My svn version is 1.9.7 (both server and client).

>> ... and the list continues in *trunk* for about 50 lines ...
>Yes, that is correct. You asked for the history of the item; it was
>copied (branched) from trunk in r103, and svnlook is showing the whole

I noted this and asked if there is a way to get the revision when the
directory was actually ADDED thus making it possible to extract the
timestamp. I should probably have asked in the subject for the
*revision* it was added and that would have given me the tool to get
the other info...

>> Is there a command to show the revision when an item (directory or
>> file) was actually created in svn?
>Currently the only hack to do this is by using 'svn log --stop-on-copy'
>in a working copy.

This is not going to work on the server using svnlook then....

>> If I know the revision I can get additional information using svnlook:
>> D:\>svnlook changed -r 699 D:\SVN\test\bosse --copy-info
>> A + CVSMailer/tags/Rel_1-5-2-50_20060422/
>> (from CVSMailer/trunk/:r698)
>> But lacking the revision number when it was added I cannot find the
>> extra info like the date...
>"The date" is a revision property.

But I am looking for a way to find the revision so this timestamp I am
after can be extracted...

>What are you actually trying to achieve?

Apart from the timestamp I want for other purposes I am also after the
revision for a changed file when it was last changed (forgot this when
So I want to create a commit email including info that we are used to
having in the emails we get from our earlier system.
This includes a list with the following for each changed item:

  -Item that was changed (dir or file, available in svnlook changed)
  -revision it was changed (i.e. the commit revision - simple)
  -revision it was last changed before this commit (how to do this?)
  -a command to diff the new file version with the previous

So my mail will contain this tabular list:
Op Item rev previous_rev diff_revs

(Op is D U _U or UU from svnlook changed)

All but the two last items are simple....

>> There's a good chance that
>whatever you're trying to use svnlook for has already been implemented
>half a dozen times, using an existing tool might get you to your goal
>quite a bit faster.

Not for me because all the hook scripts I have looked at are either
too simplistic (basically pushing svnlook info and svnlook changed
into the mail body) or they are written in a language I do not

I am almost done now, only lacking a way to find the revision of the
last change before the current for all file items in the list of

I will skip the diff-revs link for now because it relied on the ViewVc
service for the CVS repository where a diff was available and I only
had to calculate the url of the proper diff to put into the email.

Now I first have to install and make working the ViewVc version which
is able to work with svn....

Bo Berglund
Developer in Sweden
Received on 2018-01-02 13:27:58 CET

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