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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject SVN behaviour with "Id" keyword
Date Sun, 30 Jan 2005 10:21:30 GMT
Hi all,

I found today some interesting things regarding how SVN handles keyword 

In order to do some merging between 2.1 and 2.2 on CForms code, I wrote 
a small shell script that replaces all expanded "$Id  ....$" keywords by 
the unexpanded "$Id$" in order to use the nice Eclipse diffmerge GUI.

After running that script, I found that "svn status" reports that _some_ 
files have been modified, but not all. Some of the files reported as 
being modified still have an old CVS-style Id, and some have an 
SVN-style Id, but with a different file name (some files whose initial 
revision have been created by copying another existing file).

So I came to the conclusion that SVN is smart (too much maybe) and only 
replaces the content of an expanded keyword if this content matches some 
well-defined and strict pattern.

- "$Id$" : ok, this is an unexpanded keyword
- "$Id: carselector_form.xml,v 1.1 2004/03/09 10:34:02 reinhard Exp $" : 
not ok, this is a CVS-style expansion
- "$Id: form1.xml 37200 2004-08-30 13:34:40Z cziegeler $" on the 
dynamicrepeater.xml file : not ok, file name doesn't match!!

The nice thing once all this has been fixed, is that SVN doesn't 
consider as being modified a file where expanded keyword have been 
replaced by their unexpanded counterpart. You can then use whatever 
diffmerge tool you want to sync 2.2 and 2.1, since only files having 
real differences (and not only a different $Id$) will show up in the tool.

Are other people interested in this small Id-unexpander script?


Sylvain Wallez                                  Anyware Technologies 
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