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svn propset (pset, ps) — Set PROPNAME to PROPVAL on files, directories, or revisions.



svn propset PROPNAME --revprop -r REV [PROPVAL | -F VALFILE] [TARGET]


Set PROPNAME to PROPVAL on files, directories, or revisions. The first example creates a versioned, local property change in the working copy, and the second creates an unversioned, remote property change on a repository revision (TARGET determines only which repository to access).

[Tip] Tip

Subversion has a number of special properties that affect its behavior. See the section called “Subversion Properties” later in this chapter for more on these properties.


--changelist ARG
--depth ARG
--encoding ENC
--file (-F) FILENAME
--quiet (-q)
--recursive (-R)
--revision (-r) REV
--targets FILENAME


Set the MIME type for a file:

$ svn propset svn:mime-type image/jpeg foo.jpg 
property 'svn:mime-type' set on 'foo.jpg'

On a Unix system, if you want a file to have the executable permission set:

$ svn propset svn:executable ON somescript
property 'svn:executable' set on 'somescript'

Perhaps you have an internal policy to set certain properties for the benefit of your coworkers:

$ svn propset owner sally foo.c
property 'owner' set on 'foo.c'

If you made a mistake in a log message for a particular revision and want to change it, use --revprop and set svn:log to the new log message:

$ svn propset --revprop -r 25 svn:log "Journaled about trip to New York."
property 'svn:log' set on repository revision '25'

Or, if you don't have a working copy, you can provide a URL:

$ svn propset --revprop -r 26 svn:log "Document nap." \
property 'svn:log' set on repository revision '25'

Lastly, you can tell propset to take its input from a file. You could even use this to set the contents of a property to something binary:

$ svn propset owner-pic -F sally.jpg moo.c 
property 'owner-pic' set on 'moo.c'
[Note] Note

By default, you cannot modify revision properties in a Subversion repository. Your repository administrator must explicitly enable revision property modifications by creating a hook named pre-revprop-change. See the section called “Implementing Repository Hooks” for more information on hook scripts.