Getting Started/Sources/Anonymous SVN

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Anonymous SVN

For those of us that like to stay on the "bleeding edge" there's an easy way to keep a local copy of the KDE sources up-to-date. No more trying to log on to to get the latest snapshot. No more wandering aimlessly through mirrors looking for one that's up to date. Just a simple command line operation to get up-to-the-minute source updates. Just use anonymous SVN.

Using anonymous SVN is simple:

  • 1. Install the SVN binary. Your distribution should have one. Alternatively you can download and compile it yourself via SVN download page.
  • 2. The following is a minimal set of modules you need:
svn co svn://
svn co svn://

NOTE: Only use "co" for the initial checkout. please update your local sources afterwards by using "svn up modulename".

NOTE: If your firewall doesn't allow access to arbitrary ports, you want to substitute svn:// with svn:// above.

  • 3. The various KDE modules have tags so it is possible to get a specifc release of KDE. Most KDE modules have a tag name in the format tags/KDE/X.Y.Z (where X, Y and Z represent the exact version). The arts module has a different format of tag name, tags/arts/X.Y.Z. WebSVN is a convenient way to check for a tag name. For instance to get KDE 3.4's kdelibs, use: svn co svn://

If you then want to update to KDE 3.4.1, use this command: svn switch svn://

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