Launching Multiple Instances of Eclipse

I've been a fan of Eclipse for a long time now, even before FDT and Flash Builder were built around it. The use of workspaces, once you get your head around them, is powerful for focusing your head on the work at hand, keeping all associated projects within the one space.

However there are times when I wish I was able to have multiple workspaces open. And too the rescue comes the command line.
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SVN global-ignores

Well if you use OSX or any program that produces metadata files on your file-system, it can become a nightmare trying to sort through the files you need to check in to svn... However! Once you discover there is a little hidden global ignore feature in svn, all the horror goes away.

On OSX the file of concern is located :

~/.subversion/config

Linux (sometimes) :

/etc/subversion/config

Windows... No idea sorry, depends on your client, though apparently TortoiseSVN has it as an option...

To add a file or folder to the list just open up that file and find the "global-ignores" option. It's just a space separated list of potential file or folder names that you want to ignore.

Mine now looks like this:

global-ignores = *.o *.lo *.la *.al .libs *.so *.so.[0-9]* *.a *.pyc *.pyo _notes .DS_Store .#* .AppleDouble *:2e_* ._*

Have fun with a cleaner svn...


More information on the config options:
Subversion Manual: Config