How to install and use svn locally

Svn is a software versioning and revision controlling system that can be used to organize your code written in any programming language. I use it often locally to organize my latex, vhdl, SystemC or other types of files. Here you can find some instructions how to use it locally

  • Create a local repository folder (for instance /home/user/repos)
  • Create a repository for a project (for instance project1) with the following command: svnadmin create /home/user/repos/project1
  • Import files you want to track with svn with svn import folder/ - m "Initial import message" file:///home/user/repos/project1 where folder is the folder containing files you wan to track and “Initial import message” is the message you want to associate to your initial import
  • You are now ready to use you svn repository associated to your project project1.
  • First thing to do is to synchronize your working directory with the repository project1.
  • Create a working directory somewhere (for instance /home/user/working_copy) and move to this folder and do the following svn co path_to_local_server, where path to the local server is file:///home/user/repos/project1
  • To commit changed files do svn commit -m "Message"
  • To see all log files svn log or the log files from a specific revision (from 5 to now) svn log -r 5:HEAD
  • To see differences between actual and last updated revision version svn diff
  • To synchronize your working directory with the last revision svn update
Slavisa Jovanovic
Slavisa Jovanovic
Associate Professor (Maitre de conférence HDR)

My research interests include circuits and systems for AI and energy harvesting circuits.