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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: Default excludes and Subversion on Windows
Date Mon, 21 Aug 2006 15:23:36 GMT
Kev Jackson wrote:
> On 19 Aug 2006, at 02:06, Stefan Bodewig wrote:
>> On Fri, 18 Aug 2006, Jan Materne <> wrote:
>>> If we reject automatically handling _svn directories (as a "hack" as
>>> said by svn-people), we should document it in the manual of
>>> <defaultexcludes> and svn-antlib with a reference (and a quotation)
>>> of the svn statement.
>> I was under the impression that consensus was forming around adding
>> _svn/ to the default excludes unconditionally, not rejecting the idea.
> I think we should add it and document it in big bold letters!  If it 
> truly is the only way that projects can use svn effectively, 
> then I suppose we need to support it, but we should warn that if you 
> have a 'normal' directory that happens to be called _svn you could 
> experience strange behaviour
> Regardless of what we do, we need to decide so that it can go into the 
> release, therefore:
> Default excludes to include the ASP.Net hack _svn directory for the 
> release of Ant 1.7.0 + svn antlib, and documentation to be updated to 
> reflect this change


we could leave it to <defaultexcludes>, but that relies on the build 
file author to get the exclusion list right, which means knowing that 
they will be built on windows and that on some versions of SVN the dir 
becomes _svn. Way too unlikely.

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