Whenever I do a checkout/update on my SVN project using Tortoise the files all get set to read-only. Is there an option to stop this? I have 1 particular project where I need any checkouts/updates to never make files read-only.


  • Are your files becoming read only because they are inheriting the permissions from a parent folder? – user155695 Nov 26 '09 at 10:32
  • I dont think so if I create some files that are not readonly as soon as I check them in to SVN they become readonly – Gavin Nov 26 '09 at 10:36
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    Do your files have the svn:needs-lock property set in the repository? See svnbook.red-bean.com/nightly/en/svn.advanced.locking.html, section on Lock Communication. – jrb Nov 26 '09 at 16:29
  • I think they do, would runing this off fix the problem? – Gavin Nov 26 '09 at 17:08
  • I've just checked and I dont think they do have this property, but could be wrong whats the best way to be sure? – Gavin Nov 26 '09 at 17:11

Looks like your files has svn:needs-lock set. To check this, select TortoiseSVN -> Properties context menu on any locked file. See http://tortoisesvn.net/docs/release/TortoiseSVN_en/tsvn-dug-locking.html#tsvn-dug-locking-needs-lock for more information.

Also, it looks like you have Automatic property setting, that set needs-lock on all new committed files automatically. Select TortoiseSVN->Settings, General tab, click Edit button to see subversion configuration file. See, if enable-auto-props = yes string is uncommented, and if there are some uncommented lines in [auto-props] section.

Or probably you have project properties set on some parent folder (e.g., trunk) as recursive. To check this, select TortoiseSVN -> Properties on project parent folders.

See http://tortoisesvn.net/docs/release/TortoiseSVN_en/tsvn-dug-propertypage.html#tsvn-dug-propertypage-auto-props for more information.


I had this problem with a tool we use at work to use SVN as a Microsoft SCC provider (Provided by PushOK Software). It ran in the background and did things like this, which was extremely annoying. Once this was turned off the read-only issue never came up again.

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