How to setup gitattributes to filter part of a file?

I am using Visual Studio 2010 and git (git svn). My coworker uses pure svn with the Ankhsvn plugin.

When i try to open the file with the Git Source Control Provider enabled, Visual Studion complains:

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    When i clone the svn repository which my coworker created the solution sln file contains the following

    GlobalSection(SubversionScc) = preSolution
    Svn-Managed = True
    Manager = AnkhSVN – Subversion Support for Visual Studio

    I have deleted this section and now the solution opens without problems when the Git Source Control Provider is activated but complains when you select the Ankhsvn Provider – the situation is reversed.

    I would like to tell git to remove this part of the .sln file during a pull (git svn fetch) and add it when i commit (git svn dcommit). Is this possible through gitattributes and how to do it?


    I have now added

    solutionname.sln filter=ankhsvn

    to $GIT_DIR/info/attributes


    [filter "ankhsvn"]
      clean=sed '/^Global$/ r ../ankhsvnsection '
      smudge=sed '/GlobalSection(SubversionScc)/,/EndGlobalSection/d '

    to my .git/config file.

    ankhsvnsection contains the secton that is removed by the smudge operation.
    I does not seem to do anything?!

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    I do not know how to do it exactly on windows, but I do know how I would do it on *nix.

    I would write a sed/bash script (called myscript) which removes those lines from the file when they are checked-out by git using a git “smudge” filter.

    So in “$GIT_DIR/info/attributes” I would add:

    {sln filename} filter=myfilter

    And define the smudge-part of the filter in the “$GIT_DIR/config” file:

    [filter "myfilter"]
        smudge={path to myscript}

    For Linux I would even just call sed directly like this:

    [filter "myfilter"]
        smudge=sed '/GlobalSection(SubversionScc)/,/EndGlobalSection/ d'

    This is maybe something you can take over in windows using git bash.

    Be careful when you want to checkin changes to the file, as it will checkin the “smudged” version. You can define a “clean” filter for this which adds the svn statements again.

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