Subversive New and Noteworthy

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Subversive New and Noteworthy items

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Connectors Discovery feature

Bug 280889. Subversive's Connector Discovery feature makes the process of finding and installing SVN Connectors much faster and easier than it was in versions before 0.7.8.I20090808-1900, when the installation process went like this:

  • Install Subversive from 2 different update sites: one for SVN Team Provider and another for SVN Connectors
  • There were many combinations for installing Subversive and SVN Connectors, and some of these combinations were not compatible

The Connector Discovery feature greatly simplifies the things. Now you can install only Subversive SVN Team Provider. The next time Eclipse starts, on the first call to any Subversive functionality the Connector Discovery feature will detect that there are no connectors installed and will launch a dialog which displays the SVN Connectors you need and enables download and installation:

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List all locked files in a project

Bug 279602. Add SVN Locks view which shows SVN locks and provides corresponding actions such as Lock, Unlock, Break Lock.

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Use Equinox secure storage

Bug 295079. As authorization database is superseded by the Equinox secure storage, store secure data in Secure Storage. It was deleted obsolete Password Management page in SVN preferences, instead of it you can manage the list of passwords that have been saved via Secure Storage preference page. On first running of Subversive with Secure Storage support, secure data is automatically migrated from Authorization database, so you don't need to reenter it manually.

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Add dialog for creating external resource

Bug 288139. This dialog provides an ability to set external definition information to be added to a svn:externals property of the selected resource. It adds ability to make relative urls.

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Correctly support externals in actions

Bug 290386. Handle resources in external definitions as normal resources, especially it concerns to complex cases of defining externals, e.g. in commit, revert actions, decoration, Synchronize view.

Add ability to specify comments for revision links

Bug 292280. When you add revision link there's ability to specify comment for it; revision link can also be modified(revision and comment). It was changed a little revision links presentation. For instance, you can use revision links when switching between trunk and branches by saving revision.

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Extend SVN Info properties

Bug 293016. Separate text and properties status. Previously there was only State property, but it wasn't possible to know from it what exactly and how was modified content or property, e.g. they can be modified at the same time. Add other properties, e.g. Copied etc.

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Add Revision Graph

Bug 211253. SVN Revision Graph is a graphical representation of history for any resource. Using Revision Graph we can see a resource history with copy operation, applied for this resource. Represented information includes information about branches and tags for resource, so it allows to see a revision history for a resource and all its branches and tags. It's a main advantage of the Revision Graph over a History View, because History View is able to display only a history for resource, but not its copies. As the result Revision Graph is very useful in case if branches and tags are used, so users can see the whole picture of resource changes together with all branches and tags, where it was used on the one screen.

Revision Graph features:

  • Displaying of the revision graph for resource
  • Switching between compact and full data representation (In compact view revision with no copy operations are filtered out. Full data representation displays all revisions)
  • Supported actions for displayed revisions: compare revisions, show content, export content, display history and other operations, available for History View (the same list of actions is available in the revision Graph)
  • Graph zooming and thubnailing in Outline view
  • Expanding/collapsing revisions

This is how SVN Revision Graph looks like:

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Add preferences for Revision Graph on which you can manage repository caches. You can also specify a directory where repository caches are stored. By default repository caches are stored in workspace's metadata.

This is how Revision Graph properties page looks like:

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Subversive for Indigo New & Noteworthy

Subversive for Indigo does not have many new features, instead we concentrated on plug-in stability and fixed a lot of different issues piled up in the project development time. Still there are some interesting moments that could benefit your work with SVN.

Latest SVN client libraries included

Bugs 326829 and 334452. There were many issues fixed recently in the SVN support libraries and so, it's reasonable to update Subversive SVN Connectors with the most recent ones. Although latest SVN client libraries does not only contain a lots of bug fixes, but also in case of SVN Kit client library there is a way to improve Subversive functionality too: recent SVN Kit version allows creation of an FSFS repositories.

Repository creation with SVN Kit

Bug 333202. SVN Kit 1.3.5 allows creation of FSFS repositories and so, now this feature could be used not with the native connectors only, but with the pure Java connector too. When you use recent SVN Kit version you have access to the repository creation feature with the FSFS option available:

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Ignoring incoming changes in the Synchronize View

Bug 297821. There are times when you just want to reject incoming changes for whatever the reason is. For example when there was quick fix commited for some issue and you have a better solution which does not need any changes in the code which was modified by quick fix. So, what should you do in that case? Is there any other way except making a fake conflict? Well, now there is! Just use 'Mark as merged' action over the unneeded incoming change and you will get your wish granted:

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Use Mylyn-based facilities to report issues and feature requests

Bug 229495. There were times when we used our own proprietary bug and feature request reporting facilities and that required placing our menu item in a non-desired place - Help menu. And now we have this feature we integrated with, provided by the Mylyn project:

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