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Re: svn:ignore of checked in files and commit

From: Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 14:42:58 +0200

On Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 2:03 PM Attila Kinali <attila_at_kinali.ch> wrote:
>
> On Wed, 15 Apr 2020 13:53:07 +0200
> Branko ─îibej <brane_at_apache.org> wrote:
>
> > I don't remember svn:ignore *ever* working the way you describe. Can you
> > tell us which version of Subversion you were using? Are you absolutely
> > sure it wasn't modified to behave as you describe?
>
> That was like 10-15 years ago. I don't remember which version we
> used back then.
>
> > Like I said, it did not change. Files that are already
> > version-controlled cannot be ignored. This was part of the original
> > svn:ignore design spec, and the behaviour is actually based on .cvsignore.
>
> Hmmm.. could it be that we were relying on a bug?
>
> > > Is there a workaround that we can use?
> >
> > Sure, don't commit the files that you don't want in the repository.
> > Instead, create a template that each user can rename to an (ignored)
> > local name.
>
> Yes, but mistakes happen. This is a project we are doing together with
> a bunch of computer scientists. These are not computer savy people!
> I'm glad we are using any SCM in the first place and not some Dropbox
> with zip files or something.
>
> Seem's like I have to think about changing our workflow..

FWIW, the behavior you want is a very old feature request that
unfortunately never got implemented:

https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SVN-2858 (Support file property
which indicates that commit must be manually forced)

Some of us know it as the "svn:hold" property.

I think this still could be implemented if someone stepped up to do it
(starting by dusting off the old design docs and discuss approaches on
dev@). But it won't be easy, because there is a lot of interaction
with other existing features.

-- 
Johan
Received on 2020-04-15 14:43:14 CEST

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