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|What's Next||Building KDE4|
|Further Reading||Version Control with Subversion|
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 — anonymous SVN.
Alternatively, install KDE SVN packages from your distribution.
First, install the subversion (svn) binary if it isn't already on your computer. Your operating system should have a package for it. Alternatively you can download and compile it yourself via the svn project download page. Please read the KDE Subversion tutorial if you are interested in how to use Subversion.
/trunk/ is where the Qt4-based KDE 4 is being developed. The following is the minimal set of modules you will need to check out to build KDE and KDE software:
svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/KDE/kdelibs svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/KDE/kdebase
|If your firewall doesn't allow access to arbitrary ports, substitute svn://anonsvn.kde.org/ with svn://websvn.kde.org:443/ above.|
|The kdebase module has an external dependency, using svn:externals. The problem is, at this time, the externals property is set with an absolute path, pointing to anonsvn. For those using behind a firewall, this is a problem. You can change the property for your workspace, using two commands:
cs KDE svn propset svn:externals "lib svn://websvn.kde.org:443/home/kde/trunk/KDE/kdebase/runtime/kstyles/oxygen/lib" kdebase/workspace/kwin/clients/oxygenThis way the external property will look for the additional files in the websvn repository. There are also kdenetwork/kget/transfer-plugins/bittorrent and kdebase/workspace/kwin/clients/ozone that use svn:externals get the url with svn propget svn:externals PATH and replace anonsvn.kde.org with websvn.kde.org:443 here too.
qt-copy is a copy of the latest stable Qt release which works with KDE, put into SVN for convenience. It also contains patches by KDE developers that haven't found their way to Qt yet. They are recommended for those working with KDE from trunk. Instructions on how to get and configure it can be found here.
If you wish to have a complete copy of the KDE distribution, you can simply check out the entire source tree with one command:
|It is smarter to first use The KDE Source Repository Web Viewer. Use it to choose which modules to download. This way KDE will be quicker to install and try out.|
If you want additional software packages you can check out the following modules within trunk/ as well:
koffice extragear playground kdereview
So, for example, if you want to check out koffice trunk, you can use:
If you are checking out modules from trunk/ you may be able to save time by using snapshots. Using Subversion trunk snapshots is described at the Subversion snapshots tutorial page.
If you want to track KDE 3 rather than the bleeding edge, you may retrieve the KDE 3.5 sources using:
svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/branches/arts/1.5/arts svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/branches/KDE/3.5/
And if you want the matching qt-copy:
KDE modules are also tagged at each release so that it is possible to get a specific 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 (only needed for KDE 2 and KDE 3) has a different format of tag name, tags/arts/X.Y.Z. For instance to get kdelibs as it was shipped in KDE 3.5.0, do:
If you then want to update this checkout to KDE 3.5.5, use this command:
|If you used a /branch/ or /trunk/ path, then there is no need to switch, just run svn update.|
|The l10n module is extremely large. Be sure you have lots of time and disk space on hand before checking out the entire l10n module. Most people only check out specific language subdirectories rather than the entire l10n module.|
If the tip above didn't help you, and you've realized that the only way to go seems to be with http://anonsvn.kde.org/.. , then you will have to jump through a few hoops to get an svn checkout. Since http:// access is open only to developers, you will have to use svn://. Transconnect is a small piece of software that can tunnel all the traffic through your friendly neigbourhood proxy server. Get the transconnect sources from http://transconnect.sourceforge.net/ , compile it, and edit ~/.tconn/tconn.conf to point to your proxy server. Export the LD_PRELOAD variable as per the README from transconnect, and you're set to go.
svn switch --relocate svn://anonsvn.kde.org/ svn://kde.mneisen.org/
If you're interested in setting up a svn mirror, please contact Dirk Mueller.