Recently, I’ve been helping, or at least trying to help, a few people who are new to version control and SVN who’ve been having trouble. The problems range from folders not sync’ing with the server to files missing or having been deleted among others. Now, it’s not the fault of TortoiseSVN nor are these things specific to TortoiseSVN but I think it’s related to how well it integrates with Windows Explorer that leads to these issues.
If you’re a command line junkie this isn’t going to be of much use so continue right on browsing. But, if you do all your file manipulations, cut, copy, paste move etc. from within Windows Explorer then this is for you.
- Copy files using Explorer
- Move files using Explorer
- Delete files using Explorer
- Drag/drop files using Explorer
If you have files checked into SVN then you need to use SVN commands to manipulate those files. One overlooked capability of TortoiseSVN is right click copy/move where you can right like folders in Explorer and drag them to a new location which will display this context menu (to the right) allowing you to select the operation of your choice. Whatever you do me sure that you’re using the TortoiseSVN commands and not messing around with files using the standard Explorer copy/move/delete otherwise you’ll be in for a world of hurt.