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Re: Error "Could not start diff viewer!" when editing Subversion configuration files

From: Donald H Locker <donald.locker_at_ptmelec.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:43:09 -0500

Ben Voris wrote:

> Stefan Küng wrote:
>> Ben Voris wrote:
>>> When I open TortoiseSVN Settings and press the Edit button for
>>> Subversion configuration files, I get the error:
>>> Could not start diff viewer!
>>> The system cannot find the path specified.
>> Fixed the error message to "could not start text viewer" in revision 12174.
>>> Also, is there any way to control what program is run when the [Edit]
>>> button does work? If possible, I'd rather not use Notepad.
>>> Any ideas?
>> it's the default text viewer that gets started (the one associated with
>> *.txt files). If that association is not registered properly, you'll get
>> the error you mentioned.
>> Stefan
>First, sorry about the email formatting. The email I received was >presented
>as a txt file attachment and I copied and pasted it above.
>Second, thanks. It isn't quite as simple as the application associated >with
>.txt files, but you gave me the clue I needed to fix the problem.
> I had Textpad associated with .txt files on both systems. If I
> double-clicked on a .txt file, Textpad would open the file. However, I
> noted that, from some Microsoft applications, like Outlook Express, .txt
> files were opened with Notepad. This lead me to discover that I had
> associated Textpad with .txt using the Explorer's "Open with" -> "Always
> use the selected program to open this kind of file" method. This leaves
> behind traces of Notepad. Why this would be an issue, I don't know. But,
> when restored the association of .txt with Notepad and then used the
> Windows Explorer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> File Types -> Advanced to
> associate Textpad with .txt files, I got what I wanted.

And it wasn't even as simple as that for me. Using 'Windows Explorer' ->
'Tools' -> 'Folder Options' -> 'File Types' -> [select TXT] I had to
"Restore" the .txt extension to be of type 'Text Document', then click
'Advanced' (to which the 'Restore' button had changed) and 'Edit...' the
'open' Action to get it all back on my machine. (I had previously
associated .txt files with XEmacs, which I since removed since I prefer gnu

I had resorted to just editing the config file with emacs and not using the
Tortoise interface. Thank you all for helping me get this fixed. It was an
annoyance, since everything else works so well.


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Received on 2008-02-27 14:02:25 CET

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