Short Tip: Ignore files in svn

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In my new job I’m developing software with the help of svn. There are certain files I don’t want to be managed by svn: moc files, precompiled binaries, Makefiles, etc. This can be done with the svn ignore property.

First of all you need to set up svn properly.

svn propset svn:ignore -F .cvsignore .

Next check with svn stat which files are not currently under version control and which of them you might want to ignore. Next, call the list of ignored files:

svn propedit svn:ignore .

Add the files which you would like to ignore here and close your editor. In my case the list looks like:

*moc.cpp
*moc
Makefile
Makefile.in
rc.cpp
.libs
.deps
myapp

As you see the file names don’t have to be the full name but can also contain the Asterisk *.

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