• Name

    svnversion – Summarize the local revision(s) of a working copy.


    svnversion [OPTIONS] [WC_PATH [TRAIL_URL]]


    svnversion is a program for summarizing the revision mixture of a working copy. The resultant revision number, or revision range, is written to standard output.

    It's common to use this output in your build process when defining the version number of your program.

    TRAIL_URL, if present, is the trailing portion of the URL used to determine if WC_PATH itself is switched (detection of switches within WC_PATH does not rely on TRAIL_URL).

    When WC_PATH is not defined, the current directory will be used as the working copy path. TRAIL_URL cannot be defined if WC_PATH is not explicitly given.


    Like svnserve, svnversion has no subcommands, it only has options.

    --no-newline (-n)

    Omit the usual trailing newline from the output.

    --committed (-c)

    Use the last-changed revisions rather than the current (i.e., highest locally available) revisions.

    --help (-h)

    Print a help summary.


    Print the version of svnversion and exit with no error.


    If the working copy is all at the same revision (for example, immediately after an update), then that revision is printed out:

    $ svnversion

    You can add TRAIL_URL to make sure that the working copy is not switched from what you expect. Note that the WC_PATH is required in this command:

    $ svnversion . /repos/svn/trunk

    For a mixed-revision working copy, the range of revisions present is printed:

    $ svnversion

    If the working copy contains modifications, a trailing "M" is added:

    $ svnversion

    If the working copy is switched, a trailing "S" is added:

    $ svnversion

    Thus, here is a mixed-revision, switched working copy containing some local modifications:

    $ svnversion

    If invoked on a directory that is not a working copy, svnversion assumes it is an exported working copy and prints "exported":

    $ svnversion

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