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How to Setup Subversion Ignores

Seriously, what is the deal with the Subversion book? Why can they not make anything clear. Every time I want to ignore stuff it takes me like half an hour to figure out how to do it again — so this time I’m writing it down.

The basic command looks like this:

svn propset svn:ignore [PATTERN] [DIRECTORY]

So in a Rails app, if I want to ignore everything in the log/ and tmp/ directories I would do the following:

$ svn propset svn:ignore "*" log
$ svn propset svn:ignore "*" tmp

If that doesn’t work try this:

$ cd log/
$ svn propset svn:ignore "*" .
$ cd ../tmp
$ svn propset svn:ignore "*" .

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