Suggestion: mention up front that external URLs must name directories

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at
Thu Jan 11 15:02:44 CST 2007

Eric Hanchrow wrote:
> I often see people on #svn who are surprised that they cannot create
> a svn:externals property whose value is a file.  I think this change
> would alleviate that confusion:
> Index: ch-advanced-topics.xml
> ===================================================================
> --- ch-advanced-topics.xml	(revision 2624)
> +++ ch-advanced-topics.xml	(working copy)
> @@ -2321,7 +2321,7 @@
>        <firstterm>externals definitions</firstterm>.  An externals
>        definition is a mapping of a local directory to the
>        URL—and possibly a particular revision—of a
> -      versioned object.  In Subversion, you declare externals
> +      versioned directory.  In Subversion, you declare externals
>        definitions in groups using the <literal>svn:externals</literal>
>        property.  You can create or modify this property using
>        <command>svn propset</command> or <command>svn

+1.  Will commit at first opportunity (if nobody beats me to it).

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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