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Version Control with Subversion
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Version Control with Subversion - svn delete


svn delete — Delete an item from a working copy or the repository.


svn delete PATH...
svn delete URL...


Items specified by PATH are scheduled for deletion upon the next commit. Files (and directories that have not been committed) are immediately removed from the working copy. The command will not remove any unversioned or modified items; use the --force switch to override this behavior.

Items specified by URL are deleted from the repository via an immediate commit. Multiple URLs are committed atomically.

Alternate Names

del, remove, rm


Working copy if operating on files, Repository if operating on URLs

Accesses Repository

Only if operating on URLs


--message (-m) TEXT
--file (-F) FILE
--quiet (-q)
--targets FILENAME
--username USER
--password PASS
--editor-cmd EDITOR
--encoding ENC
--config-dir DIR


Using svn to delete a file from your working copy merely schedules it to be deleted. When you commit, the file is deleted in the repository.

$ svn delete myfile
D         myfile

$ svn commit -m "Deleted file 'myfile'."
Deleting       myfile
Transmitting file data .
Committed revision 14.

Deleting a URL, however, is immediate, so you have to supply a log message:

$ svn delete -m "Deleting file 'yourfile'" file:///tmp/repos/test/yourfile

Committed revision 15.

Here's an example of how to force deletion of a file that has local mods:

$ svn delete over-there 
svn: Attempting restricted operation for modified resource
svn: Use --force to override this restriction
svn: 'over-there' has local modifications

$ svn delete --force over-there 
D         over-there

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
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