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i've got a project which is being checked out directly into public_html folder. What would be the best way to deny access to ".svn" directories and ideally hide them completely (that is, return 404, not 403)?

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Export to deploy, don't checkout. –  Shane Madden Oct 11 '11 at 15:56
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Try this:

RedirectMatch 404 /\.svn(/|$)
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