newbie question

Adam Compton comptona at
Thu Nov 2 19:03:42 CET 2006

Hi Pau,

You can use shell wildcards as arguments to the 'svn' command, such as:

"svn add *"

That may make it easier to script, since you can script the sequence 
"svn add *; svn ci -m 'generic commit message'".

What things did you not understand from Joey Hess's page?

- Adam Compton

Vim Visual wrote:
> Hi,
> this is very funny... this week I started thinking that svn would be a
> clever way to backup everything at /home/pau and I found this mailing 
> list...
> However, even if seemingly I had a good idea, because it's shared by
> many people,
> I seem not to know how to proceed. I have never used svn nor cvs but I 
> skimmed
> through the manual to learn how to do things and I am a bit puzzled...
> I started writing a script for cron, so that it automatically svn
> commits everything in /home/pau (which is also iron hand, like Joey
> Hess'), so that I created a local mirror like
> /home/pau/local_svn_mirror
> and in it made a ln -s to all /home/pau/important_directory1,
> /home/pau/important_directory2
> and the idea was to svn commit /home/pau/local_svn_mirror to a 
> repository in
> another machine...
> But then I ran into a snag... I am a newbie to svn and I think
> that I have to tell svn which files have been created, deleted, etc...
>                     svn add foo      - to add a new directory (foo),
>                                        new files, links etc
>                     svn delete foo   - instead of just "rm"
>                     svn copy foo bar - instead of just "cp foo bar"
>                     svn move foo bar - instead of just "mv foo bar"
> When I realised of this then I understood it makes no sense to try to svn
> commit everything... Then I googled and found the Hess' page but I 
> didn't quite
> understand some things... I've got the impression I am doing things in
> the wrong way
> So the question is... how do you tell svn which files/subdirectories 
> have you
> created in your local mirror without having to pass svn add, svn 
> delete to
> everything, which would be nonesense?
> Cheers,
> Pau
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