Update /usr/src with subversion

David Noel david.i.noel at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 08:25:42 UTC 2013

Ok great, thanks Matthew. I tried a different search query and
actually found a similar question on the forums:

Your solution looks a bit cleaner than the one proposed there: "rm -r
/usr/src/.svn, and then check out the new branch".

I'll check out the man for svn switch.

Thanks again,


On 8/5/13, Matthew Seaman <matthew at freebsd.org> wrote:
> On 05/08/2013 09:00, David Noel wrote:
>> Does anyone know how a workaround for having to rm -rf /usr/src every
>> time the source URL changes? I'm updating from 8.3 to 8.4 with
>> subversion and got a message along the lines of "Error: /usr/src/
>> contains files from a different URL". -David
> You need 'svn switch' -- so, if you've got some other branch checked
> out, and you want to have 8.4-RELEASE instead, then it's something like:
>    # svn switch ^/base/releng/8.4
> This will speedily change your checked out tree with minimal network IO.
> You can also use 'svn switch --relocate' to change which svn servers you
> have the tree checked out from or the protocol (svn://, https:// etc)
> used.  See the output of 'svn help switch' for details.
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew
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