The convention for Subversion subcommands regarding peg revisions and operative revisions/ranges is documented in The Book, which says (among other things): Note that even when you don't explicitly supply a peg revision or operative revision, they are still present. For your convenience, the default peg revision is BASE for working copy items and HEAD for repository URLs. And when no operative revision is provided, it defaults to being the same revision as the peg revision. However, 'svn proplist' and 'svn propget' are not obeying that last bit. The operative revisions for those subcommand appear today to be defaulting to HEAD regardless of the value of either an implicit or explicit peg revision.