How to branch/fork a (StatET) project with SVN

August 14, 2012
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(This article was first published on Dang, another error, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I was introduced to version control at the 2011 Belgrade R+OSGeo in higher education summer school. I’ve been using it in my daily work ever since.

Recently the need to branch my project came up and this post describes how after a few hours of reading teh internets satisfied my need. In a nutshell, you should prepare your SVN repository to accept branches, branch your local project, dance. Yes, it’s as simple as that.

First, you need to prepare your repository to be able to accept branches. You do that by creating a “branches” directory. Probably the correct location is root of your SVN repository. At least that’s how it works for me.

You now swith to StatET view and “branch” your project. Right-click your project, Team > Branch. Name your branch and check “Start working in the branch”.

If you refresh your SVN repository, you should now see your branched project.

And if you checked the “Start working in this branch” your (local) project should automatically be looking at this branch.

You’re ready to work on your branched/forked project. After you’re done, you can merge this branch with your original project. This aids in casual experimentation without long term consequences. Keep off of drugs, use protection, stay in school!


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