[OS X TeX] Version controls for LaTeX book production

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Mon Nov 12 15:53:45 EST 2007

On 12.11.2007, at 20:37, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> On Nov 12, 2007, at 12:13 PM, Simon Spiegel wrote:
>> On 12.11.2007, at 17:22, André Bellaïche wrote:
>>> Just a few naïve questions. How do you use Subversion? Via  
>>> command line? By moving icons? For diff, do you need a large  
>>> screen to display the files side-by-side? Is it freeware?
>> svn is free and it comes by default as a command line tool. It's  
>> pre-installed on Leopard and there are pre-compiled binaries for  
>> earlier versions of OSX (for example: http://homepage.mac.com/ 
>> martinott/ ).
> Being on my break, I thought I would take a look even though, like  
> Gratzer, my natural, quasi reactionary inclination is just to  
> backup (with Retrospect too but what an immense drag!)
> Anyway, I clicked on Ott's My Subversion-1.4.4 Package, got a  
> package, installed it and now I have no idea where the application  
> is. Not that I care as long as it does not do anything to my TeX  
> installation which I don't see how it could.

'which svn' in the Terminal will tell you where it has been installed.

> I was going to get to it when I read the next line:
> 	Also, learn the command-line basics.
> No way! I am terminally allergic to the terminal!
> and the next one
> 	Anyway, you won't be able to set up a server or repository with svnX.
> That did it for this install-impaired old man.

Just to make this clear: the binary you installed with Martin Ott's  
package and svnX are not really two different apps. svnX is really  
only a GUI for svn, that means it wont run by its own, you need to  
have svn installed (which you did with Martin Ott's installer). So  
it's not really a question of using one or the other, svnX is just  
another way of accessing svn which is a shell app.

> P.S. I also looked at  SCPlugin but chickened out real fast.

Same here, that's just yet another way of accessing svn.

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