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From Stefan Sperling <>
Subject Re: Do svn:externals changes need to be committed to work?
Date Tue, 02 Aug 2011 08:16:30 GMT
On Tue, Aug 02, 2011 at 03:54:23AM +0200, André Hänsel wrote:
> I am trying to add an svn:externals definition to a working copy. I set the
> property on a directory and ran svn update on that directory, but nothing is
> fetched.
> I found this article:
> However, from other documentation it's unclear to me if a commit is really
> necessary for svn:external to work. Of course, I don't want to commit an
> untested external definition.
> I am using TortoiseSVN 1.6.15 built with Subversion 1.6.16.

With Subversion 1.6, if you put the svn:externals property on a locally
added directory you'll need to commit the directory before 'svn update'
will fetch the externals.

This has been fixed in Subversion 1.7, see:

You can try out a pre-release version of 1.7 if you need this feature ASAP.
If you do so, please help improve the final 1.7.0 release by reporting
any problems you find while using the pre-release version. Thanks!

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