Automatically exclude bin and obj folder in Tortoise SVN

It seems like all the cool kids are using either Git or Mercurial these days, so I feel like a dinosaur sticking to Subversion and Tortoise for version control. In the meanwhile, I just figured out a small Tortoise trick yesterday.

In my experience, the number one dumb mistake that happens with Subversion is adding a new file in a project, and forgetting to add that new file when committing. To avoid this, before a commit, I right-click on my project, and select add, which shows all the local files that haven’t been added to the repository. The problem is that you get a bazillion files this way, some of them you know you are never going to add, like the Bin and Obj folders for instance.


Easy fix: right-click TortoiseSVN, settings, and you’ll see the following:


The text box “Global ignore pattern” defines what patterns you want to exclude; in my case I wanted to remove bin and obj folders, and ReSharper related files, which typically contain _ReSharper, so I added bin obj _ReSharper to the list of patterns. Et voila! Once again, I just wish I had taken the time to read the user manual. This type of dumb process detail just takes a few seconds here and there, but adds up over time; I wouldn’t want to know how many hours I spent un-selecting files in this list over the last 5 years…

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