Usecase - we want to work on branch 155-new-dashboard and trunk only. Checking out the root repository will give us the whole repo with all the branches and tags. For a big repository, this will take sometime. To do shallow checkout, subversion provide the --depth options to the checkout command.
svn co --depth immediates https://server.com/path/to/repo ls repo branches tags trunk # at this point all directories are empty svn up branches/155-new-dashboard cd trunk svn up --set-depth infinity The catch is the last step. Simply doing svn up in trunk won't checkout anything. Fortunately, subversion allow setting up --depth in each sub-directory.