Issues importing a project directly from SVN

So when I try importing a project directly from SVN and converting it to a gradle project it picks up the .settings folder files and it fails out if the location of gradle or java_home doesn’t match what was in the checked in .settings files.

I can get around this by checking out the project in Tortoise and then importing directly as a Gradle project into eclipse, which gives me the ability to overwrite those settings.

Is there a way I can get this to work directly through the SVN import without manually modifying the settings files before hand?

A second question that may sort of tie into this: What should be included on an initial check in to source control when setting up a fresh project for other developers to use? Subsequently what files then should other users ignore checking in themselves as they make updates?