SmartSVN: Set or Delete Property

‘Properties’ in Apache Subversion are useful for associating metadata with files under version control. In this post, we’ll begin to look at how properties can be used in SmartSVN, by exploring the ‘Set or Delete Property…’ option.

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1) Open the ‘Properties’ menu and select the ‘Set or Delete Property’ option.






2) Open the ‘Property’ drop down menu to see the available Subversion internal properties. These are:

  • svn:eol-style – used to determine the processing that should be performed on a file. This property is useful for when commits are being made with different operating systems.
  • svn:executable – can be used to control a versioned file’s filesystem-level execute permission bit.
  • svn:externals – used to define or change externals.
  • svn:ignore – contains a list of file patterns that Subversion operations should ignore.
  • svn:keyword – instructs Subversion to substitute ‘keywords’ into the files themselves. These keywords could be a revision number, the name of the person who last changed the file, or other useful information.
  • svn:mergeinfo – used to query information related to merges.
  • svn:mime-type –  determines some of Subversion’s behavioral characteristics, and serves as a place to store a file’s MIME classification.
  • svn:needs-lock – if this property is set, the local copy of a locked file is automatically made read-only unless the user owns the lock in question.











3) From this screen, you can either set or delete a property. In this example, we’ll remove all explicit mergeinfo from our project. To achieve this, select svnmergeinfo and select the ‘Delete Property’ checkbox.











4) Select ‘Ok’ to remove the mergeinfo.

Note. This is a basic example of using Properties in SmartSVN. More information is available at WANdisco’s SmartSVN docs.

Catch up on the rest of our intro to SmartSVN series:

2 Responses to “SmartSVN: Set or Delete Property”

  • I need to change the information that I gave when I installed SmartSVN :
    ie.: server port number ….

    I looked with attention on the documentation and on the posts on Internet, but without success.

    Can I have help to achieve this aim?

    thank you



  • Hi Angelo,

    Generally the SVN server port would not be stored within SmartSVN, if you want to update your SVN port this should be done through the SVN config files and not SmartSVN.

    The exception, is if you have custom svn+ssh tunnels setup – these can be amended via Edit > Preferences > Authentication > Tunnels.

    If you have Proxies setup, these can be updated via the Proxies page, where users can add, amend and delete proxy details (Edit > Preferences > Authentication > Proxies)

    Hope that helps!

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