Ignore Files and Directories in Subversion
By Pete Freitag
If you work with version control systems like subversion (svn) I'm sure you can relate to the problem of having test files show up when you try to commit changes. It is actually pretty simple to tell subversion ignore directories or specific files.
You can do this by editing the svn property called
svn:ignore as follows:
svn propedit svn:ignore ./some_path
When you run that command svn will open your text editor, and this is where you can define patterns or specific files to ignore. If you place a
* in the property file, it will ignore all files in the directory you specified
svn:ignore property as far as I know only supports the
* as a wildcard. It doesn't support regular expressions, or anything fancy like that.
Having the wildcard is quite handy though, because you can do things like this:
Which will ignore all your files that end in
.class or any file that starts with
In web application development I find it handy to ignore the contents of the directory where I store uploaded images, or files.
What do you ignore?
Ignore Files and Directories in Subversion was first published on December 14, 2007.
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