I’ve been spending some time studying a tool for looking at the structure of code bases. After having tried out some of the more basic possibilities I wanted to go for the finer points and study changes between two versions of code to see what effect my changes made. This is where I realise that I would like to have a local Subversion repository not only for this, but also for how it would benefit some of my hobby projects. After some googling I found my way to http://subversion.tigris.org/project_packages.html where, since I’m on windows, I picked the windows path. I end up downloading the latest version of Subversion: http://subversion.tigris.org/files/documents/15/45344/svn-win32-1.6.0.zip
I unpack it in “C:Program FilesSubversion”. To get the commands to work you have to add the bin to your path. In my case I add “C:Program FilesSubversionsvn-win32-1.5.6bin” to the path. After this I open up a command window and do the following:
svnadmin create project1
Now, in order to make Subversion work in Eclipse I add http://subclipse.tigris.org/update_1.6.x to my update sites. After downloading this I restart my Eclipse and go to Window -> Show View ->Other->SVN -> SVN Repositories.
I right click in the opened view and create a new repository location. Instead of writing a http adress in the URL window I now type “file:///C:/subversionRepository/project1″. Notice the three forward slashes after “file:”.
I now have an empty repository that I want to put my project into so I right click on the repository and add a new remote folder that I call trunk. Right clicking on the trunk I can now import my project by importing the folder that contains the .project file. I hit F5 to refresh the view and can see that the trunk is now filled with my first version of my project.
But I also have to associate the repository version with Eclipse, so now I right click in the Package Explorer and choose Import -> SVN -> Checkout Projects from SVN. I pick my previously created repository, click next, mark the trunk and then click finish. I get a question if I want to overwrite my previously created project with the same name and say ok. I won’t need that now that I got a versioning system!
I can now finally continue my studies of the tool I was looking into.