Windows developers using Subversion generally use TortoiseSVN to administer their repositories and when moving to Ubuntu Linux they find using the CLI (Command Line, Terminal, black box – whatever your phrase) alien. However, there is a way to have a menu in the file manager for performing Subversion administration, just like with TortoiseSVN. Here’s how to install it.
- Open the ‘Ubuntu Package Manager’ from the Applications Menu and search for ‘Nautilis SVN’.
- Select and install ‘Nautilus subversion management scripts’.
- Once installed you will need to tell nautilus about the new Subversion plugin and restart Nautilus. Hit Alt-F2, Enter ‘nautilus-script-manager enable Subversion’ and click ‘Run’. Hit Alt-F2 again, enter ‘killall nautilus’ and hit ‘Run’. The gnome panel should flicker for a second.
- Go to ‘Places’ and ‘Home Folder’.
- Once the File Browser has opened, right-click in the folder area you should see a menu item called Scripts and then one called Subversion.