One of the cool things about DreamHost is that it offers a free Subversion repository with its hosting package. While it provides a convenient interface to set up a project repository, some things need to be configured manually.
When I checked in some code for salecalc.com today, I forgot to enter a comment for the commit. There were no pre-commit hooks in place so the commit went through as it normally would. This is undesired if I want to go back and revisit a specific change in the future by viewing the commit comments.
How do I make sure this doesn’t happen again? There are a handful of sites online that offer solutions for this situation. One that provided the most direct answer was from Word Aligned. To add a pre-commit hook to block checkins containing empty comments, use the pre-commit script template file contained in the hooks directory of the Subversion repository. Assuming you have access to the repository server:
1) Go to the hooks directory for your repository:
2) Copy the existing precommit-tmpl file to a file pre-commit
cp pre-commit.tmpl pre-commit
3) Make the new file executable
chmod +x pre-commit
One caveat is I commented out the following lines in the pre-commit script since I did not need to fine-tune access control for the time being (nor are the required files present by default in the hooks directory):
# Check that the author of this commit has the rights to perform # the commit on the files and directories being modified. "$REPOS"/hooks/commit-access-control.pl "$REPOS" $TXN \ "$REPOS"/hooks/commit-access-control.cfg