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Subversion source control (SVN)

Subversion is a revision control system that we use for source code and software development-related files. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, read this explantion, or the full subversion documentation.

Note: This guide needs some work to make it applicable it FreeGeek

Basic operations

Checking out a working copy

To check out a working copy:

$ svn checkout

Moving a file within a working copy

Do not simply use the `mv` command to move a file within a working copy. Instead, you must use `svn mv`, and then commit your changes:

$ svn mv foo.c bar.c A bar.c D foo.c $ svn ci -m "Renamed foo.c to bar.c"

Adding a file to be checked in

Use `svn add` to add files to the repository:

$ svn add baz.c A baz.c $ svn ci -m "Checked in baz.c"

Removing a file

As with moving files, don't use `rm`, use `svn rm`:

$ svn rm qux.c D qux.c $ svn ci -m "Deleted qux.c"

Checking in changes

As shown in the above examples, you use `svn ci` to check in your changes. Without any arguments, it will automatically check in all changes in the current directory and all version-controlled subdirectories:

$ svn ci Alternatively, you can specify which files you want to check in:

$ svn ci one.c two.c one.h two.h It is important to keep your commits atomic. That is, don't check in a whole bunch of unrelated changes, or only parts of one change.


To gain access to the subversion system you must have a valid account in the FG LDAP database.