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From Geoff Field <>
Subject RE: Something like svn:executable for the read-only bit?
Date Thu, 16 Jul 2015 03:57:28 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Branko ─îibej [] 
> Sent: Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:53 AM
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> Subject: Re: Something like svn:executable for the read-only bit?
> On 16.07.2015 02:41, Evan Driscoll wrote:
> > We have some generated files that, for logistical reasons, are way 
> > easier to just check into the respository alongside the 
> source than to 
> > build on-demand. (They're small text files, not some big binary or 
> > something like that.)
> >
> > Is there a way to instruct Subversion to remove write access when 
> > checking them out?
> >
> > Obviously the user could just chmod them to add it back, 
> but the point 
> > is just to avoid someone unintentionally modifying the 
> generated file 
> > instead of the source, not to keep people from being jerks. :-)
> Setting the svn:needs-lock property will make files in the 
> working copy read-only.

Hi Evan,

You can even do this automatically from the client settings or the server (from 1.5).  If
you look at the SVN book ( under Chapter 3: Advanced Topics ->
Properties -> Automatic Property Setting, it talks about MIME types.  It says that SVN
will automatically set the svn:executable property on newly added or imported files whose
execute bit is enabled.  By enabling auto-props and including a MIME type statement similar
to the following in your config file, you can automatically set the read-only properties:

In our Windows world, we use a registry tool to set it on the client.  Here are the relevant
bits of our .reg file:


Obviously, this would need to be updated for your Unix system, but that's what we're doing
here.  The SVN book should give you good guidance there.



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