SVN_LOAD_DIRS(1) General Commands Manual SVN_LOAD_DIRS(1)
svn_load_dirs - Load directories into a Subversion repository
svn_load_dirs [options] svn_url svn_import_dir [directory ...]
This tool can be used for importing one or more directories into a Sub-
version repository. The difference from "svn import" is that
svn_load_dirs can update an existing directory tree, and tag it prop-
erly. Only changes from the previous version will be recorded in the
revision, so that you can easily apply them on another branch. For
example, this is very useful for managing the upstream source when
maintaining Debian packages in Subversion.
The base Subversion URL.
The path relative to svn_url where the directories are to be
The directories to import. If they are not specified on the com-
mand line, they are read from standard input.
Don't ask any questions. Assume that the answer is yes.
Apply the properties specified in the configuration file file-
name to matching files. See below for a description of the con-
figuration file format.
Username to use when committing to the repository.
Password to use when committing to the repository.
Create a tag copy in tag_dir, relative to svn_url. tag_dir may
contain a regular expression enclosed within '@' characters. It
will be replaced by the matching part from the imported direc-
-v Be more verbose. Use multiple times for increased effect.
Use the already checked out working copy at path instead of
checking out a new working copy.
PROPERTY CONFIGURATION FILE FORMAT
The property configuration file, which is specified by the -p option,
contains rules for applying properties to the imported files. It con-
sists of lines of the following format:
regular_expression control property_name property_value
The meaning of the fields are:
A Perl-style regular expression matching the files to apply this
Either "break" or "cont". If set to "break", processing of the
current file will stop if this rule matches. If set to "cont",
processing will continue. The latter can be used to set multiple
properties for one file.
(Optional) The name of the property to set.
(Optional) Set the property to this value.
The last two fields may be omitted, in which case the rule will not set
any properties. This is useful for excluding certain files from subse-
You need to quote the regular_expression, property_name and prop-
erty_value fields with double quotes ('"') if you have whitespace in
them. Single and double quotes can be escaped with backslash ('\').
For example, to import the contents of the foo-1.3 directory into the
upstream/current directory of the foo repository:
svn_load_dirs svn+ssh://svn.example.org/svn/foo upstream/current
A tag can also be added automatically using the -t option:
svn_load_dirs svn+ssh://svn.example.org/svn/foo -t
'upstream/@\d+\.\w+@' upstream/current foo-1.3
Here's an example of a property configuration file:
\.doc$ break svn:mime-type application/msword
\.ds(p|w)$ break svn:eol-style CRLF
.* break svn:eol-style native
This example specifies that .doc files are to be treated as binary
files, that .dsp and .dsw files have their line ending characters kept,
and that all other files except dos2unix-eol.sh have their line endings
converted to the native style.
This manual page was written by Per Olofsson <firstname.lastname@example.org> for the
Debian distribution (but may be used by others). Some parts were taken
from the README.
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