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If you are trying to checkout a KDE source module, then there is a way to make the normally slow process of the initial checkout happen a lot quicker, thanks to automatically generated snapshots of the KDE source repository, which are stored in convenient archived form in the KDE FTP system. This page describes how to perform a checkout using a module snapshot.
Keep in mind that these snapshots are real Subversion checkouts, containing all of the required Subversion metadata. This procedure can in fact be the quickest way to checkout a module, thanks to the abundance of FTP mirrors.
|This procedure only works if the module you want has nightly snapshots generated (most do), and if you want the trunk version of the module.|
First go to The KDE Mirror Redirector and choose the best FTP server for your location. Usually this will be a server in your country/state. Click on the link for the FTP server and navigate to the snapshots directory. In this directory will be a large list of KDE modules which are archived.
You want to download the module with the name in the following format: kdemodule-svn.tar.bz2. Go ahead and save this archive to your hard disk somewhere. You'll need to be able to reach this location from the command line later.
|It is important to get the module with the -svn in the file name. There are other types of snapshots also in the same directory for each module. But only modules with -svn contain the necessary information to allow for completing a checkout.|
Now for the checkout, go ahead and open a terminal shell and perform the following steps:
cs # cs is not a typo tar xvjf /path/to/kdemodule-svn.tar.bz2 cd kdemodule svn revert -R . # This step restores the missing files. svn up # This step updates the source to the latest code, and is optional.
That's it! You've got a valid KDE module checkout now. Some things to keep in mind: