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Avoid Transferring SVN/CVS Folders in FileZilla

If you use FileZilla as an FTP client and you use version control such as SVN or CVS, you may notice that you actually FTP those meta folders (“.svn” and “cvs”) along with your real data files. Those version control folders are not meant to be tranferred over with your real data and it can be a pain to delete all of them on the remote server. Not to mention, depending on who has access to the server, those files can give the user access to the repository and therefore they pose a security risk. FileZilla offers a really nice option to ignore those folder so you no longer even see them nor do you transfer them over with your files.

Directory Listing Filters

The key to fixing this issue is to go to View > Filename filters…

Just check the CVS and SVN directories option and FileZilla will no longer display those.

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  1. […] There is just one gotcha: Subversion creates a bunch of .svn folders inside the working copy, which it requires to work. They contain sensitive information such as your repository URL, which you probably don’t want to broadcast to the whole world, so it is important to make sure that these files are omitted from the upload process. Any decent FTP client can be configured to filter out particular files or folders, so make sure to create a filter that ignores .svn directories. I use Filezilla, which does the job nicely. […]

  2. KoJoT KoJoT

    Thank you!

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