# Re: Clueless beginner questions

Date: 2007-08-31 09:44:07 CEST

novnov wrote:
> I should have noticed that the dialog asks for the repository address.
>
> But semantically this seems backwards.
>
> The project files that I want svn to keeps tabs on were in e:\testproject
> Originally e:\svn\testproject had no 'project' files in it.
> My assumption was that the e:\svn\testproject dir, the repository, needed to
> have the project files imported into it...else it has no useful content.
> I reversed my steps as you suggested and there were no errors. But, neither
> are there any of my project files in e:\svn\testproject, the repository, as
> far as I can see. If a project file was e:\testproject\readme.txt, am I not
> supposed to find a readme.txt somewhere in the repository?

svn isn't "keeping tabs" on those files, it has just imported them into
the repository. The repository itself however knows nothing of the
original location of the files (unless such info was included in the
commit log message).

If you examine the repository using the repo-browser rather than using
explorer you will see your files here.

What you need to do now is check these files out to a new location which
will give you a working copy - ie a copy of the files that has a link to
the repository. The action of "import" doesn't do this - a slight
inconvenience but not too bad since mostly "import" is only used to
create a new project and "add" is used to add further files.

I suggest a good read of the manuals.

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