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From Andy Levy <>
Subject Re: switch to ignore files that have not been checked in?
Date Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:45:44 GMT
On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 18:49, Steve Kelem <> wrote:
> I'm trying to add properties to a bunch of files that have a common file extension, but
are not the only files in the directory/directories.
> I would like to run something like:
> svn propset svn:needs-lock '*' *.png *.jpg *.vsd
> The problem is that I have a number of temporary files in the working directory that
match the pattern but are not and should not be checked in.  The problem with using the convenience
of shell patterns is that subversion aborts as soon as it processes a file that is not already
checked in.  It also aborts even if a file or directory has the svn:ignore property set.
> I don't know of an easy way to match all the files that match a shell pattern and are
also already checked in. (Which would be a clunky workaround for not having the following:)
> I'd like to use a switch such as:
> svn --ignore-non-checked-in-files propset svn:needs-lock '*' *.png *.jpg *.vsd
> Does such a switch already exist?  Such a switch would tell subversion commands to silently
ignore files and directories that have not been checked in.  The opposite already exists.
If I run svn add *.png, the "svn add" command runs, but complains harmlessly if a file has
already been checked in. "svn add" does not halt if it encounters a file that has already
been checked in.

Try the --force switch.

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