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Subversion Access

Unix/Linux Machines

Initial Checkout

First you will need to get Subversion installed on the machine. For Ubuntu machines, run:

~> sudo apt-get install subversion

To checkout the repository (USERNAME is your Wiki username and REPOSITORY is the name of the repository, such as public, group, cs224, etc.):

~> svn checkout --username USERNAME
Error validating server certificate for '':
 - The certificate is not issued by a trusted authority. Use the
   fingerprint to validate the certificate manually!
Certificate information:
 - Hostname:
 - Valid: from Sat, 12 May 2007 01:25:48 GMT until Sun, 11 May 2008 01:25:48 GMT
 - Issuer: Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, US
 - Fingerprint: cb:3e:7d:16:1d:c5:ae:e0:a5:07:00:c2:4c:f2:f3:01:f8:4b:c7:ff
(R)eject, accept (t)emporarily or accept (p)ermanently? p
Authentication realm: <> Chen Li -- REPOSITORY
Password for 'USERNAME': 
Checked out revision 0.

If the current Unix/Linux username is the same as the SVN username, you don't need the --username option. Keep in mind that the authentication credentials are cached on the local disk. More info here

Quick Start

Windows Machines

Initial Checkout

First you will need to install TortoiseSVN on the machine:

  1. Download and install TortoiseSVN from:
    (leave all options as default)
  2. Restart the computer (as prompted)

To checkout the repository (REPOSITORY is the name of the repository, such as public, group, cs224, etc.):

  1. Create a directory called REPOSITORY
  2. Right click on the directory and from the context menu select SVN Checkout...
  3. In URL of repository enter:
  4. Click OK
  5. It will prompt you for your username and password 3 times, but that is fine.
  6. Now the REPOSITORY directory has a special icon that show its status.

Quick Start

Enabling Id Keyword Substitution


In order to enable the Id keyword for file run the following command:

~> svn propset svn:keywords Id


Using TortoiseSVN:

  1. Right click on the file you want to enable the Id keyword, and from the context menu select TortoiseSVN -> Properties
  2. In the newly opened window, click Add.
  3. In the second newly opened window, for the Property name select svn:keywords
  4. In the Property value box write "Id".
  5. Click OK to close the first window, and then OK again to close the second window.

Changes will take effect after commit.

Creating a snapshot using tagging

Sample command:

~> svn copy \ \
-m "tagging the foo paper for the camera-ready version"

Important notices:

~> svn update

Additional Information

For more advanced features here is the subversion book: Subversion Book