Error in "Importing Initial Data"

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at
Tue Nov 7 12:44:36 CST 2006

Nah, there's no shame in providing documentation that works for a larger
swath of people.  If the Unix folk don't know any better, ... well,
let's just say that's not really one of my coremost concerns.

Zwicker, Rick wrote:
> Michael,
> Thanks for the reply. I'm running Win XP (unfortunately), and have been
> off Unix for about a year, so I'm a little rusty.
> This is the only example I saw that uses single-quotes. Other examples
> use double-quotes. The inconsistency was a little confusing, but I was
> able to make the command work based on the double-quote examples.
> It would be a shame if the book had to show only double-quotes just to
> satisfy Windoze. Unix users might assume they had to use double-quotes,
> which are not as keyboard-friendly. Sigh.
> Thanks again,
> Rick
> -----Original Message-----
> From: C. Michael Pilato [mailto:cmpilato at] 
> Sent: Monday, November 06, 2006 5:55 PM
> To: Zwicker, Rick
> Cc: svnbook-dev at
> Subject: Re: Error in "Importing Initial Data"
> 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."

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at>

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.  It has
 been found difficult; and left untried."  -- G. K. Chesterton

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