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RE: Clueless beginner questions

From: Erik Hemdal <erik_at_comprehensivepower.com>
Date: 2007-08-31 22:40:17 CEST

> -----Original Message-----
> From: novnov [mailto:novnovice@gmail.com]
> Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 4:17 PM
> To: users@tortoisesvn.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: Clueless beginner questions
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>
> Interesting, I do see the files via the repo browser.
>
> One question, you wrote "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." But it does not have to be a
> new location, it could just as easily be the original
> location of the files?
>

You'll be warned if you are checking out to a location that is not empty,
because SVN and TSVN work hard not to disturb local files that are not
created by TSVN and SVN. Things work better if you start with an empty
folder and let the system set it up for you by checking out.

The more vital point is that a working copy is a special folder that
contains your files, plus extra information that is needed to manage your
changes. Subversion depends on the contents of the working copy, all that
extra data, to do its job for you.

If you are very new to version control software, then taking a bit of time
to read the Subversion book is a good investment. It's important to
understand the philosophy behind Subversion, because it's a little different
from many other systems'. For example, Subversion tracks revisions to the
REPOSITORY, and not specifically to individual files. This frequently
causes confusion.

Good luck. I've been delighted with SVN and TSVN and I hope you are too.
Erik

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Received on Fri Aug 31 22:36:48 2007

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