Ignore a directory in SVN, permanently

svn propset svn:ignore "*" tool/templates_c; svn commit -m "Ignoring tool/templates_c"
This command allow you to ignore certain directories on SVN commands, like SVN STATUS. It is sad see a lot of temporary files from templates_c for each "svn status", no? ;-) This works only on directories under revision control.

By: lawrence
2009-09-09 19:10:03

What Others Think

yes, this is always nice. Also the propget subcommand will allow you to see what (if anything) you have chosen to ignore. Bear in mind that this ignore property isn't recursive when you set it. You will have to set it on subdirs also for things you need/want to ignore in the subdirs. While not entirely desirable, this gets the job done.
linuxrawkstar · 592 weeks and 6 days ago
Use of "*" does not ignore _a_ directory - it ignores everything that is not under version control in the current directory. Ignoring everything is likely undesirable, since it would hide files that are not generated or are abnormally generated; files that generally not cleaned up by a build.
arcege · 592 weeks and 6 days ago
Sorry, arcege, but I disagree. I try the command, and my "target" directory "./test/dir_test" was ignored by the svn. Do not affect my current directory.
jackandrews7 · 592 weeks and 5 days ago
Myself, I just use svn status -q Directories can be ignored, but they must not be checked in. You set the svn:ignore patterns on a directory (say it is named "bob") that is already checked in. Then, when svn is doing status on "bob", it will ignore *unversioned* files AND directories inside bob that match any of bob's svn:ignore patterns.
bwoodacre · 592 weeks and 5 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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