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From Ben Reser <...@reser.org>
Subject Re: Ran svn revert but files are still modified
Date Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:20:21 GMT
On 7/31/14 6:51 AM, OBones wrote:
> Well, browsing through history, I found out that the svn:special property with
> value * was added to the file at the same time that its content changed from
> 20M to 79K which appear to be the exact beginning of the original file.
> I'm not sure how this happened but reverting those changes made the "sticky
> modified status" go away.
> 
> Thanks for all of you that provided suggestions.

svn:special with any value (though we prefer it to be just '*') means that the
file is a symbolic link.  Subversion on Windows can't actually turn these into
something like links (primarily because the equivalent functionality takes
special permissions on Windows).

The way symbolic links are implemented in SVN is that the property is set and
then the contents of the file are set to something special.  Clients on
platforms where symbolic links are supported transparently convert these into
real links.

On platforms like Windows it shows up as a regular file with the contents that
the client uses to know how to create the link.

I'm still not quite clear on how you got things into the state that you did,
but I'd thought I'd add this information here in case someone happens to find
this thread searching.

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