When's the best time to create the trunk, branches and tags directories?

I have executed svnadmin create --fs-type fsfs /home/firefli/web/projects/subversion and have myself a blank repo. If I create, say, the trunk directory using svn mkdir file:///home/firefli/web/projects/subversion/trunk it works fine but I go to revision 1.

Not that going to revision 1 is a problem, I'm just sure I've done it differently before and I'm looking for the best practice.


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When we create SVN repo's at work we svnadmin create and then svn import a skeleton folder of the 3 directories and commit that at once pushing it to revision 1 (We have a bash script automate all of this). I don't think there's a better practice than to just have the initial commit?

  • That's pretty much the same as we do - all automated with a script.
    – hmallett
    Feb 21, 2010 at 19:36

On a fresh checkout of a new repository, I create and add the three directories - tags, trunk, and branches. I commit those three; the repo is on rev. 1, and I switch to trunk and get to work. Not much to it, really.


You can create all directories at once (resulting in one commit) without even checking out the repo. See this Windows example:

svn mkdir -m "Creating basic directory structure" file:///d:/temp/repo/trunk file:///d:/temp/repo/tags file:///d:/temp/repo/branches

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