Archive for the ‘Config’ Category

Subversion Configuration Suite

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

I’ve now uploaded my Subversion Configuration Suite (svn-meta) repository to Google Code so that the files are publicly available for anyone to use.


How to Set VLC as the Default DVD Player (Windows 7)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Having spent some time searching the web for an answer to this question, I found the same partial information repeated many times. I prefer to keep auto-play disabled. However, I was still finding that Windows Media Player would always start when I double-clicked the DVD drive icon.

Eventually, I decided to have a bit of a dig around in the system.


SVN Tip: Find/Grep but excluding .svn (Linux)

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Here I give Linux commands to allow the searching for filenames or strings within files without descending into the <.svn> subdirectories.


System Configuration Shortcuts

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Here are details of a few system configuration shortcuts I like to have on my desktop.

“Advanced System Settings (and Environment Variables)”
Target: C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
Start in: C:\Windows\System32

“Registry Editor”
Target: C:\Windows\regedit.exe
Start in: C:\Windows

Target: %windir%\system32\services.msc
Comment: Starts, stops, and configures Windows services.

T-SVN Tip: More Short-cuts

Thursday, 6 January 2011

In a previous post, I described how to set up a desktop short-cut to open your TortoiseSVN repository browser. There are many other uses of the short-cut.


Free Software

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

For most pieces of commercial software for common tasks there is an excellent free althernative; sometimes even open source. Here are a few of my favourites.

This post extends and complements several previous ones on open source software, firefox extensions and system tools.


SVN Tip: Uniform Hook Script Wrappers

Saturday, 31 July 2010

If you have a collection of SVN repositories with common hook scripts, it makes sense to have a single copy of them in a separate directory (say _common_/) alongside the repository directories.

The hook files can then just be ‘wrappers’ that call out to the real scripts. To make things really easy, there’s no reason why those wrappers couldn’t be identical.


SVN: Switch Nodes (compared to Partial Checkouts)

Thursday, 15 April 2010

In my post on partial checkouts in Subversion (SVN) I provided some scripts to assist a method of checking out related projects using subversions ‘depth’ feature, which allows related changes to be ‘co-committed’, i.e. committed together atomically.

In this post I describe an alternative.


Sample Repository Layout

Friday, 20 November 2009


T-SVN Tip: Browse Repository Short-cuts

Saturday, 17 October 2009

You might find it useful to have a short-cut to a repository on your Windoze Desktop.

Suppose the URL of the area of interest is


If you have a repository that is served locally, rather than via Apache HTTP, the URL will be more like


Simply create a new shortcut with the target

"C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TortoiseProc.exe"

Similarly, the repository browser could be launched from within a batch file in a similar way:

@echo off
start "Project Trunk" "C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TortoiseProc.exe"
        /command:repobrowser /path:"http://server/repos/project/trunk"

[This information may be found in the TortoiseSVN documentation.]