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Re: Problem using SVN

From: Branko ─îibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2005-07-12 03:37:14 CEST

Kevin White wrote:

> Thanks -- you are an inspiration. Just rub it in. I spent half a day
> trying to get IIS configured, and I still don't think I can run cgi
> scripts using python. That was the second step of about 20 to get
> trac installed. I tried using a client called RapidSVN, which sucked
> horribly because I had no idea what my URL was supposed to be, and
> every operation I performed I had to re-enter it in, adding forward
> slashes in front of backwards slashes so it would work with Win32. I
> abandoned that for a program called trac, which has not much better
> than bar napkins for documentation for Win32 installation. I finally
> found the note that the default link for TortiseSvn might cause
> trouble, and the mirror worked wonderfully (I should have looked
> closer the first two times).
> Is there a way, BTW, to use svn with normal windows paths? I am
> tiring of having to type forward slashes in front of every back slash
> by now.
> I am not sure which way I should go. I know I need source control,
> and some way to associate issues with check-ins. Any reporting or
> metrics that we can get on top of that would be awesome.
> -Kevin

I must admit, you seem to have managed to do everything exactly wrong.
Let's see if we can set you straight.

For the record, I personally think RapidSVN is a very poor design for a
GUI client. That aside, if you have problems with it, you should ask on
the RapidSVN mailing list.

Trac is not a Subversion client, it's a project management sort of tool
which happens to include a subversino reposuitory browser. Again, if you
have problems with Trac, you should ask the Trac developers for help.

Now, from what you wrote I'm guessing (you've not been very specific)
that you're trying to install a Subversion server and client on Windows
machines. Whatever else you do, the first step is to read the Subversion
book (http://svnbool.red-bean.com/), becaue you certainly won't get far
without understanding Subversion in particular and version control in
general. The book isn't all that long, a first reading skipping the
advanced bits shouldn't take more than an afternoon.

The next thing to do is to download the Windows installer from the
Subversion site (http://subversion.tigris.org). At that point you'll
have to decide how your users will access the repository; reading the
book will help here. If you decide to use Apache HTTPD, you'll have to
download the latest 2.0.x Windows installer from
http://httpd.apache.org, and install that before you install Subversion.
If you'll just use svnserve or local access, you don't need apache.

Install the Subversion server and command line client, and follow the
instructions from the Book for creating a repository and working copies.
That's it.

If the command-line client isn't enough, for you, I suggest TortoiseSVN
for general use. There are also a number of plug-ins for IDEs out there,
e.g., for VS.NET and Eclipse. You'll have to decide what you actually need.

-- Brane

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