Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Working with SVN on windows

Before using the version control, I encourage you to read the documentation first. Here you can get it: SubVersion
To start your journey on version control, you may need to install some client software first if you are using windows platform. If you are using Linux/Unix, things become very simple. Depending on your experience and preference, the requirements may vary. Here I'd like to give you several solutions.

1. Check-in/out locally on SVN server and map the directory to your local drive on windows probably using SAMBA
This is the one I am using currently. :-) Coz I like to use VIM editor in windows more than the one in Solaris. It's more colorful.

2. Install cygwin package including both SSH & SVN on your windows platform
You may need to generate RSA/DSA keys and install the public key into your directory on SVN server. Otherwise, you will probably get frustrated to input your password coz it will prompt you to input the password many times.
Below is how to check-out remotely over SSH protocol in a cygwin shell

$ svn co svn+ssh://scott@myhost/svn_repository/myproj/trunk

3. Using a SVN GUI client called TortoiseSVN
The well-known free SSH client PUTTY is required. You can obtain the package here: PUTTY . Please make sure you get the whole package but not the PUTTY.exe only! Especially plink.exe which we are going to use with the SVN client.
You can get the GUI client here. TortoiseSVN

First, install the SVN client and reboot your windows, you'll see the options integrated into your context menu in the window explorer.
In TortoiseSVN -> Settings -> Network, configure SSH client to use plink.exe which you installed in the previous step
Seems like using plink.exe without the public-key authentication doesn't work, so you need to generate RSA/DSA keys using puttygen.exe and install the public part into your directory on the SVN server
Finally, in the local directory into which you want to check-out, choose SVN checkout ... in the pop-up context menu and type in the URL, what you want to check-out should be put in the local directory. Everything is done.

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