Error in "Importing Initial Data"

Blair Zajac blair at
Mon Nov 6 22:00:42 CST 2006

On Nov 6, 2006, at 5:55 PM, C. Michael Pilato wrote:

> Zwicker, Rick wrote:
>> In chapter 5, the section called “*Creating the Layout, and Importing
>> Initial Data*“ contains an error in the following example:
>> $ svn import . file:///path/to/repos --message 'Initial repository  
>> layout'
>> The single-quotes should be double-quotes. If single quotes are used,
>> this error message is displayed:
>> svn: Too many arguments to import command
> On what operating system?  I can see this being a problem on Windows,
> but it certainly doesn't seem to cause Linux any grief.  And our
> Audience section mentions that "[f]or consistency, the examples in  
> this
> book assume the reader is using a Unix-like operating system, and is
> relatively comfortable with Unix and command-line interfaces."

Since Unix treats strings quoted with ' and " characters the same, it  
may be easier just to use " to have it work with both OSes.


Blair Zajac, Ph.D.
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