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How to Edit svn:externals from Unix Shell or from TortoiseSVN on Windows

This is a mini how to that shows how to edit svn:externals from a UNIX shell or from TortoiseSVN on Windows. Follow the simple directions below to modify the svn:externals and commit to your SVN repository. I performed the below two sets of steps on CentOS 5.2 for the Linux stepsĀ and on Windows XP Service Pack 3 for the Windows steps.

svn:externals from UNIX/Linux shell

  1. Set SVN_EDITOR: First you will need to set the SVN_EDITOR to your favorite UNIX/Linux editor. I perfer vi so following this exact will open the svn:externals in the vi editor. If you want to use a different editory simply change /bin/vi to the path of your favorite editor.
  2. bash

    1. [root@server ~]$ SVN_EDITOR='"/bin/vi"'
    2. [root@server ~]$ export SVN_EDITOR

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Install Spellcheck for Notepad++ on Windows

Notepad++ is an upgraded notepad application that provides a lot of functionality past the typical notepad application in Windows. Not only does it provide a tab system to view multiple files easily at the same time but it provides functionality to open and edit many more file types. To add spellcheck to Notepad++ you will need to download and install Aspell which you can complete by using the directions below.

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Windows XP Slow After Windows Search Installed

I haven’t done a ton of testing with Windows Search but the goal is to rival Google Desktop application that allows you to easily search directories and files on your computer. I have installed and tested each of these on my laptop and quickly uninstalled each. Currently my laptop has 2GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz processor and at this point just not enough power to handle either application. I have yet to try it on one of my desktops with a more powerful processor and more RAM however I still don’t think it would be worth the processing and memory cost. After uninstalling Windows Search my Outlook and Internet Explorer applications were immediately much faster.