How to Make SVN Ignore Symlinks

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The Subversion version control system is great for tracking changes to projects and all of the files and directories that belong to them. Symbolic links, however, can cause unintended consequences when inadvertently added to a Subversion project since the file system treats the links as the actual files and directories they link to. There isn't, unfortunately, a way to instruct Subversion to ignore all symbolic links and prevent the hassle of having unwanted files committed to a repository. Therefore, each symlink must be explicitly ignored in the Subversion project.

Things You'll Need

  • Subversion (SVN)
  • Subversion repository
  • Open a terminal window so you can work from the command line.

  • Change to the directory containing your Subversion project files.

  • Type "svn ps svn:ignore <symlink name> ." and press "Enter."

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