The properties view presents the Subversion properties for the currently
selected resource from either the Working copy view or the
Figure 3.67. The properties View
Above the table it is specified the currently active resource for
which the properties are presented. Here you will also find a warning when an
unversioned resource is selected.
The table in which the properties are presented has four columns:
State - can be one of
(empty) - normal unmodified property, same current and
*(asterisk) - modified property, current and base
values are different.
+(plus) - new property.
-(minus) - removed property.
Name - the property name.
Current value - the current value of the property.
Base value - the base(original) value of the property.
The svn:externals property
The svn:externals property can be set on a folder or
a file. In the first case it stores the URL of a folder from other
In the second case it stores the URL of a file from other repository. The
external file will be added into the working copy as a versioned item. There
are a few differences between directory and file externals:
The path to the file external must be in a working copy that is
already checked out. While directory externals can place the
external directory at any depth and it will create any intermediate
directories, file externals must be placed into a working copy that
is already checked out.
The file external's URL must be in the same repository as the URL
that the file external will be inserted into; inter-repository file
externals are not supported.
While commits do not descend into a directory external, a commit
in a directory containing a file external will commit any
modifications to the file external.
The differences between a normal versioned file and a file external:
A file external shows up as a X in the switched status column.
Incomplete support - In subversion 1.6 it is not possible to remove a
file external from your working copy once you have added it, even if you
delete the svn:externals property altogether. You
have to checkout a fresh working copy to remove the file.