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This article describes improvements in Subversion 1.8 and how you can benefit from them using MagnetSVN with Subversion 1.8 support. MagnetSVN versions starting from 1.8.0 support Subversion 1.8.

Subversion 1.8 Improvements

For those of you who use Subversion to enable versioning in Microsoft Office documents the most important changes are:

  • New working copy metadata format.
  • Improved client-server operation: Subversion works faster by HTTP protocol, uses less disc space, improved its merge tracking and tree conflict detection features.
  • Improved administration part: such as unified mechanism of some configuration settings on Client side.
  • Many errors fixed.

The full list of improvements in Subversion 1.8 can be found here: Apache Subversion 1.8 Release Notes.

Upgrading Working Copy Using MagnetSVN

MagnetSVN 1.8.x version is built against Subversion 1.8. So if you are using any other Subversion client in your work you are advised to download MagnetSVN 1.8.x. However Subversion 1.8 working copy is incompatible with older ones. To work with them you must upgrade the format of any Project Folder made by older MagnetSVN (or any other older Subversion client) to Subversion 1.8. Please do the following to make your projects folders compatible with Subversion 1.8:

  • 1. Download and install the newest MagnetSVN version.
  • 2. If you open a document from a project made with previous MagnetSVN version (1.7 and earlier) and execute any MagnetSVN command you'll get the following message:
  • MagnetSVN Working Copy Needs Upgrade Dialog
  • 3. Open MagnetSVN sidebar/ Project tab and press Upgrade Project Format button.
  • MagnetSVN Upgrade Button
    MagnetSVN Working Copy Upgrade Dialog
    After upgrade finishes you'll get working copy compatible with Subversion 1.8 and MagnetSVN 1.8.0:
    MagnetSVN Working Copy Upgrade Successful Dialog
  • 4. Note: Any older Subversion client will not work with upgraded working copy. MagnetSVN 1.7.0 and older users will get this error message when attempting to commit a document within MagnetSVN 1.8.0 project folder. MagnetSVN 1.7.x and older versions will treat such documents as unversioned. Unversioned document in MagnetSVN old Client Although if they try to Create a New Project they will get an error message: MagnetSVN Client is Too Old For This Working Copy Dialog

We hope this will help you to enjoy using MagnetSVN!

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