Hack Attack: Using Subversion with TortoiseSVN

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Last week I showed you how to set up a personal home Subversion server. For many of you, this was the first time you’ve gotten a close look at serious version control, so you may still be wondering what Subversion really does. On the other hand, if you get what it does, you still may be unsure how to use it.

This week I’m going to highlight some of the most basic, oft-used commands in Subversion with a little help from the very cool Subversion client for Windows, TortoiseSVN.


When you want to work with the files in a repository, the first thing you need to do is check out a working copy of your files into a new and empty folder. This can be any folder, anywhere you choose, as long as it’s empty. So, for example, you could create a new folder on your desktop and name it “Project Checkout.” To check out your project, right-click the folder and select SVN Checkout. Next you’ll need to point TortoiseSVN to your repository.

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