Tuesday, January 8, 2008

When Subversion Goes Crazy

Recently, in the midst of a bunch of subversion client updates, some client decided that I was working with ASP.Net files. So, the "SVN_ASP_DOT_NET_HACK" environment variable got set. This causes subversion's directories to be named "_svn" rather than ".svn." This would be great if I needed the feature to prevent ASP.Net from getting confused. However, it turned out to be a royal pain in the rear, and a big confusion for Eclipse. Eclipse does NOT ignore "_svn" files correctly.

It was quite a shock to suddenly see a bunch of _svn folders on one machine, but not another when working with the same repository.

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