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Mind blown: svn:ignore

As we migrate away from Subversion, I ran into this little issue today.

Since it's something which popped up time and time again and I never got around to figuring out why this happened in the first place, I decided to put it into a blog post.


What I did was, I setup an svn:ignore in the root of my Subversion repository, in order to ignore modules which are installed in the app/modules structure:

dev% svn propedit svn:ignore .

My editor opened, and I put in app/modules/foo for the path I want to ignore.

Turns out this does not work:

dev% svn st
?       app/modules/foo

After trying out various things like app/modules/f* and */foo, I finally figured it out:

dev% cd app/modules
dev% svn propedit svn:ignore .


The revalation of the day is: svn:ignore does not work recursively — like svn:externals would.


And this is after almost eight years with Subversion. I am just glad to move on.

Apologies if this is too basic or written down somewhere — I did try to read the page on svn:ignore in the documentation, but decided to spend my time on something else after the first couple paragraphs.


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