A little known feature of TortoiseSVN,The coolest Interface to (Sub)Version Control, is the ability to create local Subversion repositories anywhere you can create a folder. I use this feature all the time both at work and at home when working with any source code to take advantage of all of subversion's powerful features. It is also a great way to replicate Microsoft's Briefcase feature with all the cross-platform abilities of subversion and features.
To Create a Repository
- First ensure you have installed TortoiseSVN (Free/Open Source Software).
- This can be found here. Ensure that if you are running 64-bit Windows that you download and install the 64-bit package, otherwise you will not see any context menus.
- I usually put all my repositories in a folder called Subversion just to keep them neat and to serve as a reminder that you should never modify these folders unless you are using a Subversion client.
- I have called mine CLRHook. Its a good idea to give a descriptive name to this folder that way you can quickly look at the folder name to determine its contents as opposed to having to use Repo-browser. Remember that because you're creating an actual repository you must use subversion tools to interact with the files contained within this folder.
|Create repository here|
- In this example the repository was created at file:///G:/Subversion/CLRHook.
- One more thing to note is that TortoiseSVN will use the the username of the currently logged on user when committing to the repository.
In this blog post I have shown you how you can quickly make a subversion repository, go forth and keep on VCS'ing.