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From Bo Berglund <>
Subject How to create source dir for externals files?
Date Fri, 18 May 2018 07:31:07 GMT
I have to modify an old application which was versioned at the time
using CVS. Its last release was back in 2013.

Migration to SVN:
At the start of 2018 I migrated the CVS repository using cvs2svn so I
have all of the files available in svn.

CVS vs. SVN handling differences:
But in CVS the project checkout is not using a CVS folder as source
but rather a "virtual module" defined in the CVSROOT/modules file. It
turns out that this project in particular has used 3 different virtual
folders embedded in the source tree but originating from three
different physical folders in CVS.

Using externals in SVN:
When migrating the CVS repository to SVN I had similar problems with
some applications still in active development and what I did was this:
I created a few subfolders below the source folders and copied in the
files needed into these. This was done on the repository files before
Then I did the cvs2svn conversion and following that I created
externals in the projects that needed these files such that they would
be checked out with the project. This has worked fine so far.

Creating source folders for externals:
But for the application now in need of further work I did not do
anything like that and now I need to do it but inside of SVN so I can
get the same project functionality for these sources...

Is it possible in svn to create subfolders in a main folder which
contains a *selection* of files from the main folder?
I want these files to be in the state they were in at an earlier date
than today because they have been changed from what they were at the
time and I need to get them as they were when a specific branch was
created (in CVS). I am looking at the state on say 2013-11-01.

If it is possible then what svn command is needed for the operation?

I am on svn 1.9.7 both on the server and client sides.
Both run on Windows, server is Windows Server 2016 and client is Win7.

I use the command line svn client rather than Tortoise or other GUI

Any advice welcome.

Bo Berglund
Developer in Sweden

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