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Letting TSVN work on my Vista

From: François Vogel <fvogelnew1_at_free.fr>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 23:49:43 +0200

Hi all,

I have a brand new computer running Vista Home premium SP1. It
advertises itself as 32 bits on the login page.

I have therefore installed the 32 bits version of TortoiseSVN (and
I've read the FAQ about the difference 64/32 bits). Precise file I've
downloaded from the tigris website is
Installation was performed from the main account of the computer with
full administrator rights.

I rebooted after install, of course.

   - No context menu show up in the windows explorer.
   - TSVNcache.exe is not running (can't find it in the task manager).
   - I can see no overlays on icons (in a legacy tree that contains
proper .svn directories).

There is no error message whatsoever. Installation seems to run just fine.

I removed the installation, rebooted, reinstalled. Twice.

I have removed antivirus software and firewalls.

I have uninstalled the lot of crap that HP thought I would be happy to
get with my new computer.

I had a look in the registry for TSVN entries but could not find
anything looking wrong (there are entries, but I don't understand what
they mean).

I've played with the display options of windows explorer.

All this at no avail.

I've browsed a lot in google and through this mailing list.
People say TortoiseSVN works for them like a charm.
Other people (several) could never get the context menu.

Just before giving up TSVN, out of despair I tried to install the 64
bits version (yes, on my 32 bits Vista). Surprisingly:

- install of TortoiseSVN- went just fine,
while I would have expected Vista 32 bits to complain upon such attempt
- TSVN worked after rebooting. Everything is OK: context menu, overlay
icons, TSVNCache process running.

So apparently I need to have both the 32 bits and the 64 bits versions
of TSVN on this 32 bits Vista?? Let's check it! I removed the 32 bits
TSVN so that only the 64 bits version of TSVN was kept. Result: I
still got overlay icons and TSVNcache.exe, but context menu vanished.

Reinstalled the 32 bits TSVN, reboot: context menu reappear.

So I definitely need to have *both* the 32 bits and 64 bits versions
of TortoiseSVN on my 32 bits Vista computer. Isn't this odd?? I
thought this experience could be helpful to others, which is why I'm
reporting here.

Besides, out of curiosity I would be interested to understand what's
happening and why. Any idea, anyone?

Thanks and best regards.


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Received on 2009-05-31 07:45:37 CEST

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