svn ignore dammit

“Thank-you” svn for such a hideous, bogus and difficult way to ignore files.

So I wrote a script svn-ignore-all:

#!/bin/sh

# svn-ignore-all

# usage: 
#   1. run svn status to see what is going on at each step 
#   2. add or commit all files that you DO want to have in svn
#   3. remove any random files that you don't want to svn:ignore
#   4. run this script to svn:ignore everything marked '?' in output of `svn status`

svn status |
grep '^?' |
sed 's/^? *//' |
while read f; do
    d=`dirname "$f"`
    b=`basename "$f"`
    ignore=`svn propget svn:ignore "$d"`
    if [ -n "$ignore" ]; then
        ignore="$ignore
"
    fi
    ignore="$ignore$b"
    svn propset svn:ignore "$ignore" "$d"
done

Also, to ignore specific list of files / pathnames, we can use this variant svn-ignore. I guess svn-ignore-all should really be like xargs svn-ignore.

#!/bin/sh

# svn-ignore

# usage:
#   svn-ignore file/to/ignore ...

for f; do
    d=`dirname "$f"`
    b=`basename "$f"`
    ignore=`svn propget svn:ignore "$d"`
    if [ -n "$ignore" ]; then
        ignore="$ignore
"
    fi
    ignore="$ignore$b"
    svn propset svn:ignore "$ignore" "$d"
done

One more thing: I tend to pollute my svn checkouts with many random files. When it’s time to commit, I move those files into an ‘old’ subdirectory, and tell svn to ignore ‘old’.

Also posted here:  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/116074/how-to-ignore-a-directory-with-svn/19240497#19240497

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