To rename a folder in a working copy, we can run svn mv. But when you try to rename the root folder, you end up with

svn: E155007: '/home/username/svn_repos' is not a working copy

Where 'svn_repos' is where I'm storing all my individual repositories (one for each course). Unfortunately, when I check out my course repository, the name of the root folder is my university ID, since the svn structure is host/course/user. I want to rename it to the course code so that it is easier to navigate. How can I do that?

  • You could try it directly on the repository (supplying URLs as arguments) but I haven't actually tried this. – reinierpost Aug 5 '13 at 19:43

Since the repos are contained within that folder, you can simply mv the root folder. As it tells you, it's not tracked ("not a working copy") and changes to the container won't do anything that matters to the contents. As long as your .svn is within that folder.

  • Woah, did not expect that. Thanks! – notablytipsy Aug 6 '13 at 9:02
  • And btw, I'm not trying to rename the svn_repos folder, but the repo within that. So I checked out host/course/user, and the root folder was "user", which I renamed to "course". That worked fine too – notablytipsy Aug 6 '13 at 10:41

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