Are you simply sharing a file, and you're using Subversion to do that?
I'm making two recommendations: Dropbox and Pathfinder
If you really don't need a full configuration management system, I too
would highly recommend you use Dropbox (http://dropbox.com).
It's not free in the Open Source sense, but it is free as in the "Free
as in Beer" sense. Dropbox works on Windows, Linux (under both GNU and
KDE graphical environments), Mac, and there's even a native iPhone
app. So, you can share flles between a wide variety of platforms.
Dropbox is dead simple to use. You download Dropbox onto your computer
and subscribe to a Dropbox account. Dropbox creates a "Dropbox" folder
on your computer. (%USERPROFILE\My Documents\My Dropbox on Windows
systems, $HOME/dropbox on Unix and Macs). Any file placed into that
folder will be copied to the Dropbox server and to any computer that's
also subscribed to that Dropbox account.
Even better, you can share folders between Dropbox accounts, so you
and your friend can share a folder. You place something in this folder
in your account, and your friend will get it in his account.
Dropbox also versions files placed in the Dropbox folder and even
stores deleted file, so if someone deletes a file, you can retrieve
it, and you can retrieve older versions of files.
Dropbox integrates nicely with Finder on the Mac, so control-clicking
the mouse will show some Dropbox items in the drop-down context menu.
I use Dropbox quite heavily for collaboration and for sharing files
between myself and members of my family. It beats emailing stuff back
and forth and is more secure too. (Dropbox uses SSL while email
doesn't normally use encryption).
Plus, Dropbox is extremely easy to use since all you have to do is
merely move files into and out of the Dropbox folder (and not delete
the .dropbox folder in your $HOME directory).
If you truly need a full version control system, have your friend try
Pathfinder. Pathfinder is a Finder replacement and is well worth the
$40 cost. (Okay this isn't Free as in Beer or Open Source).
Pathfinder has a built in terminal, so you can quickly drop down into
command line mode without opening another program. It allows you to
copy and paste files between directories, and it has a dual pane mode
which shows you multiple directories at the same time. The file
browser also allows you to use multiple tabs, and other neat features
that should have been incorporated into Finder.
More importantly, Pathfinder also has a built in Subversion client, so
you can use Pathfinder's Finder-like file browser to interface with
As I mentioned before, this is not Free as in Beer, but many people
buy Pathfinder even if they don't use the built-in Subversion client.
So, tell your friend that if he buys Pathfinder, Cocoatech will throw
in the built-in Subversion client for free. (Hey, it worked for
On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 11:52 AM, marc gonzalez-carnicer
> Hello, can you recommend a free (no money) svn mac client?
> I need it for a friend of mine who is not a programmer, although he is
> quite keen with computers. We only need to share a text file, no
> coding involved.
> From http://subversion.tigris.org/links.html#clients it appears that
> the only free clients are the SC plugin, which is not suitable since
> my friend's computer has snow leopard.
> Then he has tried svnx, which is not working because the GUI does not
> provide interactivity to issues like user management and ssh
> certificates. The program just issues a dialog with an OK button to
> messages. It neither allows to either input user and passwords, nor to
> respond to the prompt for the SSH certificate that goes "(r)eject,
> accept (t)emporarily, accept (p)ermanently".
> Any ideas?
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