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Getting started
Note: If your account was created before 2008-07-17, read this.

The toolserver provides Subversion hosting for users, but you have to request the setup of a repositories at Jira first. If your username is jsmith, your svn repository is located at Before you can use it, you need to run setpass on one of the login servers, to set your LDAP password. You will be asked for this password the first time you commit something, after which the client will remember it and not prompt you again.

By default, only you have access to commit to your repository, but everyone has read-only access. If you want to change this (to make some parts of the repository private, or to allow additional users to commit), file a request in JIRA.

Multi-maintainer projects will have their names prefixed p_, so the url will be<project name>.

A web-based repository viewer is available here. File a request in JIRA if you would like your repository added.

The command svn is used to access subversion from the command line. A list of the available commands can be obtained via svn help, while svn help COMMAND describes a specific command. The O'Reilly book Version Control with Subversion, available online under a CC-BY license, gives a more thorough introduction.


This is an example of using the command-line 'svn' client. If you prefer, most platforms have a GUI subversion client available (e.g. TortoiseSVN for Windows).

To check out a repository into the current directory:

$ svn checkout

(If your local username is different from your Toolserver username, use a URL like

Now you can make changes to the checked out repository. If you add any new files, you need to add them to the repository:

$ svn add newfile.txt

When you're done, commit your changes:

$ svn ci

This will upload your changes to the repository.

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