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From Branko Čibej <>
Subject Re: How to see when an item was added using svnlook?
Date Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:42:07 GMT
On 01.01.2018 21:28, Bo Berglund wrote:
> I am trying to use svnlook to find the revision when a directory was
> created. I want to use this to dig out the timestamps of tags and
> branches. My svn version is 1.9.7 (both server and client).
> So far I have not found a way to do it...
> svnlook history <repo> <project>/branches/<branchdir>
> shows a lot of revisions which are for changes to any file within the
> directory, but not the addition commit for the actual directory itself
> AND unrelated directories (the command below is on one line):

The directories are not unrelated.

> D:\>svnlook history D:\SVN\test\bosse
> /CVSMailer/branches/Branch_Rel_1-2-9 -l 5
> --------   ----
>      120   /CVSMailer/branches/Branch_Rel_1-2-9
>      119   /CVSMailer/branches/Branch_Rel_1-2-9
>      103   /CVSMailer/branches/Branch_Rel_1-2-9
>      100   /CVSMailer/trunk
>       98   /CVSMailer/trunk
> ... and the list continues in *trunk* for about 50 lines ...

Yes, that is correct. You asked for the history of the item; it was
copied (branched) from trunk in r103, and svnlook is showing the whole

> Is there a command to show the revision when an item (directory or
> file) was actually created in svn?

Currently the only hack to do this is by using 'svn log --stop-on-copy'
in a working copy.

> I have read the whole SVNBook 1.7 chapter on svnlook but did not find
> an obvious candidate.
> If I know the revision I can get additional information using svnlook:
> D:\>svnlook info -r 699 D:\SVN\test\bosse
> cvs2svn
> 2006-04-22 23:17:29 +0200 (lö, 22 apr 2006)
> 79
> This commit was manufactured by cvs2svn to create tag
> 'Rel_1-5-2-50_20060422'.
> D:\>svnlook changed -r 699 D:\SVN\test\bosse --copy-info
> A + CVSMailer/tags/Rel_1-5-2-50_20060422/
>     (from CVSMailer/trunk/:r698)
> But lacking the revision number when it was added I cannot  find the
> extra info like the date...

"The date" is a revision property.

What are you actually trying to achieve? There's a good chance that
whatever you're trying to use svnlook for has already been implemented
half a dozen times, using an existing tool might get you to your goal
quite a bit faster.

-- Brane

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