Symlinks won't survive on a Windows machine, this can be a problem.
On Windows machines the symlinks take the form of placeholder files*), for example:
*): these files have "
svn:special" propery with a value of "
I sometimes have to export stuff to a windows machine before I can move/upload the project to it's destination server.
I use a small shell script that does a wonderful job at recreating the actual symlinks from the placeholder files:
grep -lr '^link ' . | while read placeholderfile
linecount=`wc -l $placeholderfile | cut -c1`
if [ $linecount -eq 0 ] ; then
linkfile=`cut -c6- "$placeholderfile"`
ln -sf "$linkfile" "$placeholderfile"
echo -e "[\E[32;40mOK\E[37;40m] Replaced $placeholderfile with symlink"
echo -e "[\E[31;40mWARNING\E[37;40m] $placeholderfile contains newline(s)"
This script works on the assumption that all files that start with the string "
link " and do not contain newlines are symlinks.