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Recursively delete .svn directories

abstract 
This is a simple example of a unix command, which recursively deletes subversion .svn folders. Subversion is a well-spread open-source revision control application. Every copy of source code received from subversion repository has .svn folders, which store metadata. However, if you want to use or distribute source code, these .svn folder are often not necessary.
compatible 
  • Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Cygwin...
  • Nearly any unix-compatible system with rm and find
  • We use find command to find all .svn folders beginning from current directory.

     
    $ find . -type d -name .svn
    ./.svn
    ./sourceA/.svn
    ./sourceB/.svn
    ./sourceB/module/.svn
    ./sourceC/.svn
    

    It is possible to pass these directories directly to rm command, using grave accent quotes (key to left of '1')

     
    $ rm -rf `find . -type d -name .svn`
    

    So, this will remove every .svn folder beginning from current directory.

    source code: bash script
     
    #!/bin/sh
    echo "recursively removing .svn folders from"
    pwd
    rm -rf `find . -type d -name .svn`
    

    You may save this script to /usr/bin/csvn (or other binary folder included in path) and use later to get 'clean' project source without typing lengthy commands.

    For example,

     
    $ svn checkout svn://server.com/svn/project
    A    project/index.php
    A    project/sourceA/a.php
    A    project/sourceA/a1.php
    A    project/sourceA/a2.php
    A    project/sourceB/b.php
    A    project/sourceB/module/lib.php
    A    project/sourceC/c.php
    Checked out revision 15.
    $ cd project
    $ csvn
    recursively removing .svn folders from
    /Users/anyexample/Source/project
    
    warning 
  • Always check you current working directory before calling 'csvn'.
  • It's not recommended to run 'csvn' as root
  • tested 
  • Mac OS X 10.4.8
  • Ubuntu 6.10
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