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       Further options for FSVS. - FSVS understands some other options, that modify its

Short list of options

       FSVS currently knows:

       · all_removed - Trimming the list of deleted entries
       · author - Author
       · change_check - Change detection
       · colordiff - Using colordiff
       · commit_to - Destination URL for commit
       · conflict - How to resolve conflicts on update
       · conf - Path definitions for the config and WAA area.
       · config_dir - Configuration directory for the subversion libraries.
       · copyfrom_exp - Avoiding expensive compares on copyfrom-detect
       · debug_output - Destination for debug output
       · delay - Waiting for a time change after working copy operations
       · diff_prg, diff_opt, diff_extra - Options relating to the 'diff' action
       · dir_sort - Directory sorting
       · empty_commit - Doing empty commits
       · filter - Filtering entries, but see -f.
       · limit - 'fsvs log' revision limit
       · log_output - 'fsvs log' output format
       · merge_prg, merge_opt - Options regarding the 'merge' programm
       · path - Displaying paths
       · softroot - Using an alternate root directory
       · stat_color - Status output coloring
       · stop_on_change - Stopping status reports as soon as changes are found
       · warning - Setting warning behaviour, but see -W.
       · waa - o_waa.

Priorities for option setting

       The priorities are

       · Command line (highest)
       · Environment variables. These are named as FSVS_{upper-case option name}.
       · $HOME/.fsvs/wc-dir/config
       · $FSVS_CONF/wc-dir/config
       · $HOME/.fsvs/config
       · $FSVS_CONF/config
       · Default value, compiled in (lowest)
           The $HOME-dependent configuration files are not implemented currently. Volunteers?
       Furthermore there are 'intelligent' run-time dependent settings, like turning off colour
       output when the output is redirected. Their priority is just below the command line - so
       they can always be overridden if necessary.


       Using the commandline:
            fsvs -o path=environment
            fsvs -opath=environment

        Using environment variables:
            FSVS_PATH=absolute fsvs st

        A configuration file:
            # FSVS configuration file

Displaying paths

       You can specify how paths printed by FSVS should look like; this is used for the entry
       status output of the various actions, and for the diff header lines.
       There are several possible settings, of which one can be chosen via the path option.
          This is the old, traditional FSVS setting, where all paths are printed relative to the
         working copy root.
          With this setting FSVS works like most other programs - it uses the first best-matching
         parameter given by the user, and appends the rest of the path.
          This is the new default.
           Internally FSVS still first parses all arguments, and then does a single run through
           the entries. So if some entry matches more than one parameter, it is printed using the
          All paths are printed in absolute form. This is useful if you want to paste them into
         other consoles without worrying whether the current directory matches.
       The next two are nearly identical to absolute, but the beginning of paths are substituted
       by environment variables. This makes sense if you want the advantage of full paths, but
       have some of them abbreviated.

          Match variables to directories after reading the known entries, and use this cached
         information. This is faster, but might miss the best case if new entries are found
         (which would not be checked against possible longer hits).
          Furthermore, as this works via associating environment variables to entries, the
         environment variables must at least match the working copy base - shorter paths won't be
       · full-environment
          Check for matches just before printing the path.
          This is slower, but find the best fit.
           The string of the environment variables must match a directory name; the filename is
           always printed literally, and partial string matches are not allowed. Feedback wanted.
           Only environment variables whose names start with WC are used for substitution, to
           avoid using variables like $PWD, $OLDPWD, $HOME and similar which might differ between
           sessions. Maybe the allowed prefixes for the environment variables should be settable
           in the configuration. Opinions to the users mailing list, please.
       Example, with / as working copy base:
       $ cd /etc

       $ fsvs -o path=wcroot st

       $ fsvs -o path=absolute st

       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st .
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st /
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st X11
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st ../dev/..
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st X11 ../etc
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st ../etc X11

       $ fsvs -o path=environ st
       $ WCBAR=/etc fsvs -o path=wcroot st
       $ WCBAR=/etc fsvs -o path=wcroot st /
       $ WCBAR=/e fsvs -o path=wcroot st
       $ WCBAR=/etc WCFOO=/etc/X11 fsvs -o path=wcroot st

       $ touch /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st
       $ fsvs -o path=parameters st X11 /etc/X11/xinit

           At least for the command line options the strings can be abbreviated, as long as
           they're still identifiable. Please use the full strings in the configuration file, to
           avoid having problems in future versions when more options are available.

Options relating to the 'diff' action

       The diff is not done internally in FSVS, but some other program is called, to get the
       highest flexibility.
       There are several option values:

       · diff_prg: The executable name, default 'diff'.
       · diff_opt: The default options, default '-pu'.
       · diff_extra: Extra options, no default.
       The call is done as
           $diff_prg $diff_opt $file1 --label '$label1' $file2 --label '$label2' diff_extra

           In diff_opt you should use only use command line flags without parameters; in
           diff_extra you can encode a single flag with parameter (like '-U5'). If you need more
           flexibility, write a shell script and pass its name as diff_prg.
       Very advanced users might be interested in exported environmentvariables', too.

Using colordiff

       If you have colordiff installed on your system, you might be interested in the colordiff
       It can take on of these values:

       · no, off or false: Don't use colordiff.
       · empty (default value): Try to use colordiff as executable, but don't throw an error if
         it can't be started; just pipe the data as-is to STDOUT.
       · anything else: Pipe the output of the diff program (see Options relating to the 'diff'
         action) to the given executable.
       Please note that if STDOUT is not a tty (eg. is redirected into a file), this option must
       be given on the command line to take effect.

Filtering entries

       Please see the command line parameter for -f, which is identical.
           fsvs -o filter=mtime

Trimming the list of deleted entries

       If you remove a directory, all entries below are implicitly known to be deleted, too. To
       make the status output shorter there's the all_removed option; which, if set to yes, will
       cause children of removed entries to be omitted.
       Example for the config file:

Change detection

       This options allows to specify the trade-off between speed and accuracy.
       A file with a changed size can immediately be known as changed; but if only the
       modification time is changed, this is not so easy. Per default FSVS does a MD5 check on
       the file in this case; if you don't want that, or if you want to do the checksum
       calculation for every file (in case a file has changed, but its mtime not), you can use
       this option to change FSVS' behaviour.
       On the command line there's a shortcut for that: for every '-C' another check in this
       option is chosen.
       The recognized specifications are noneResets the check bitmask to 'no checks'.
       file_mtimeCheck files for modifications via MD5 if the mtime is different - default
       dirCheck all directories for new entries - this happens normally if a directory ha
       allfilesCheck all files with MD5 for changes (tripwire -like operation). fullAll available
       You can give multiple options; they're accumulated unless overridden by none.
           fsvs -o change_check=allfiles status

           commit and update set additionally the dir option, to avoid missing new files.

Setting warning behaviour

       Please see the command line parameter -W, which is identical.
           fsvs -o warning=diff-status=ignore

Using an alternate root directory

       This is a path that is prepended to $FSVS_WAA and $FSVS_CONF (or their default values, see
       Files used by fsvs), if they do not already start with it, and it is cut off for the
       directory-name MD5 calculation.
       When is that needed? Imagine that you've booted from some Live-CD like Knoppix; if you
       want to setup or restore a non-working system, you'd have to transfer all files needed by
       the fsvs binary to it, and then start in some kind of chroot environment.
       With this parameter you can tell fsvs that it should load its libraries from the current
       filesystem, but use the given path as root directory for its administrative data.
       This is used for recovery; see the example in Recovery for a non-booting system.
       So how does this work?

       · The internal data paths derived from $FSVS_WAA and $FSVS_CONF use the value given for
         softroot as a base directory, if they do not already start with it.
          (If that creates a conflict for you, eg. in that you want to use /var as the softroot,
         and your $FSVS_WAA should be /var/fsvs, you can make the string comparison fail by using
         /./var for either path.)
       · When a directory name for $FSVS_CONF or $FSVS_WAA is derived from some file path, the
         part matching softroot is cut off, so that the generated names match the situation after
       Previously you'd have to export your data back to the filesystem and call urls 'fsvs urls'
       and fsvs sync-repos again, to get the WAA data back.
           A plain chroot() would not work, as some needed programs (eg. the decoder for update,
           see Special property names) would not be available.
           The easy way to understand softroot is: If you want to do a chroot() into the given
           directory (or boot with it as /), you'll want this set.
           As this value is used for finding the correct working copy root (by trying to find a
           conf-path, it cannot be set from a per-wc config file. Only the environment, global
           configuration or command line parameter make sense.

'fsvs log' revision limit

       There are some defaults for the number of revisions that are shown on a 'fsvs log'

       · 2 revisions given (-rX:Y): abs(X-Y)+1, ie. all revisions in that range.
       · 1 revision given: exactly that one.
       · no revisions given: from HEAD to 1, with a maximum of 100.
       So this command is mostly useful to get more than the default number of revisions on when
       running without revision arguments, or to get fewer.

'fsvs log' output format

       You can modify aspects of the fsvs log output format by setting the log_output option to a
       combination of these flags:

       · color: This uses color in the output, similar to cg-log (cogito-log); the header and
         separator lines are highlighted.
           This uses ANSI escape sequences, and tries to restore the default color; if you know
           how to do that better (and more compatible), please tell the developer mailing list.
       · indent: Additionally you can shift the log message itself a space to the right, to make
         the borders clearer.
       Furthermore the value normal is available; this turns off all special handling.
           If you start such an option, the value is reseted; so if you specify
           log_output=color,indent in the global config file, and use log_output=color on the
           commandline, only colors are used. This is a difference to the Filtering entries
           option, which is cumulating.

Status output coloring

       FSVS can colorize the output of the status lines; removed entries will be printed in red,
       new ones in green, and otherwise changed in blue. Unchanged (for -v) will be given in the
       default color.
       For this you can set stat_color=yes; this is turned off per default.
       As with the other colorizing options this gets turned off automatically if the output is
       not on a tty; on the command line you can override this, though.

Directory sorting

       If you'd like to have the output of status sorted, you can use the option dir_sort=yes.
       FSVS will do a run through the tree, to read the status of the entries, and then go
       through it again, but sorted by name. (See dir_enumerator().)
           If FSVS aborts with an error during status output, you might want to turn this option
           off again, to see where fsvs stops; the easiest way is on the commandline with


       You can specify an author to be used on commit. This option has a special behaviour; if
       the first character of the value is an '$', the value is replaced by the environment
       variable named.
       Empty strings are ignored; that allows an /etc/fsvs/config like this:

        where the last non-empty value is taken; and if your .authorized_keys has lines like
         environment='FSVS_AUTHOR=some_user' ssh-rsa ...

        that would override the config values.
           Your sshd_config needs the PermitUserEnvironment setting; you can also take a look at
           the AcceptEnv and SendEnv documentation.

Destination URL for commit

       If you defined multiple URLs for your working copy, FSVS needs to know which URL to commit
       For this you would set commit_to to the name of the URL; see this example:
               fsvs urls N:master,P:10,http://... N:local,P:20,file:///...
               fsvs ci /etc/passwd -m 'New user defined' -ocommit_to=local

Destination for debug output

       See -d.
            fsvs -o debug_output=/tmp/debug.out -d st /etc

Doing empty commits

       In the default settings FSVS will happily create empty commits, ie. revisions without any
       changed entry. These just have a revision number, an author and a timestamp; this is nice
       if FSVS is run via CRON, and you want to see when FSVS gets run.
       If you would like to avoid such revisions, set this option to no; then such commits will
       be avoided.
               fsvs commit -o empty_commit=no -m 'cron' /etc
                               ef cpfd 'copyfrom-detect'

Avoiding expensive compares on

       If you've got big files that are seen as new, doing the MD5 comparison can be time
       consuming. So there's the option copyfrom_exp, which takes the usual yes (default) and no
               fsvs copyfrom-detect -o copyfrom_exp=no some_directory

Waiting for a time change after working copy operations

       If you're using fsvs in automated systems, you might see that changes that happen in the
       same second as a commit are not seen with status later; this is because the timestamp
       granularity of fsvs is 1 second.
       For backward compatibility the default value is no (don't delay). You can set it to any
       combination of

       · commit,
       · update,
       · revert and/or
       · checkout;
       for yes all of these actions are delayed until the clock seconds change.
       Example how to set that option via an environment variable:
               export FSVS_DELAY=commit,revert

Stopping status reports as soon as changes are found

       If you want to use FSVS in scripts, you might simply want to know whether anything was
       For this use the stop_on_change option, possibly combined with Filtering entries :
           fsvs -o stop_change=yes st /etc
           fsvs -o stop_change=yes -o filter=text status /etc/init.d

How to resolve conflicts on update

       If you start an update, but one of the entries that was changed in the repository is
       changed locally too, you get a conflict.
       There are some ways to resolve a conflict:

       · local - Just take the local entry, ignore the repository.
       · remote - Overwrite any local change with the remote version.
       · both - Keep the local modifications in the file renamed to filename.mine, and save the
         repository version as filename.rXXX, ie. put the revision number after the filename.
       These files will be seen as New; the conflict must be solved manually, and the resolution
       made known to FSVS via resolve.
           As there's no known good version after this renaming, a zero byte file gets created.
            Any resolve or revert command would make that current, and the changes that are kept
           in filename.mine would be lost!
            You could only revert to the last repository version, ie. the data of filename.rXXX.
       · merge - Call the program merge with the common ancestor, the local and the remote
       If it is a clean merge, no further work is necessary; else you'll get the (partly) merged
       file, and the two other versions just like with the both variant, and have to tell FSVS
       that the conflict is resolved by resolve.
           As in the subversion command line client svn the auxiliary files are seen as new,
           although that might change in the future (so that they automatically get ignored).

Options regarding the 'merge' programm

       Like with diff, the merge operation is not done internally in FSVS.
       To have better control

       · merge_prg: The executable name, default 'merge'.
       · merge_opt: The default options, default '-A'.
       The option '-p' is always used:
           $merge_prg $merge_opt -p $file1 $common $file2

Path definitions for the config and WAA area

       The paths given here are used to store the persistent configuration data needed by FSVS;
       please see Files used by fsvs and Priorities for option setting for more details, and the
       Using an alternate root directory parameter as well as the Recovery for a non-booting
       system for further discussion.
           FSVS_CONF=/home/user/.fsvs-conf fsvs -o waa=/home/user/.fsvs-waa st
           Please note that these paths can be given only as environment variables ($FSVS_CONF
           resp. $FSVS_WAA) or as command line parameter; settings in config files are ignored.

Configuration directory for the subversion libraries

       This path specifies where the subversion libraries should take their configuration data
       from; the most important aspect of that is authentication data, especially for certificate
       The default value is $FSVS_CONF/auth/.
       /etc/fsvs/config could have eg.