Browsing the Repository Edit Course

Browsing the Repository

Using svn cat and svn list, you can view various revisions of files and directories without changing the working revision of your working copy. In fact, you don't even need a working copy to use either one.

svn cat

If you want to examine an earlier version of a file and not necessarily the differences between two files, you can use svn cat:

$ svn cat -r 2 rules.txt
Be kind to others
Freedom = Chocolate Ice Cream
Everything in moderation
Chew with your mouth open


You can also redirect the output directly into a file:

$ svn cat -r 2 rules.txt > rules.txt.v2


svn list

The svn list command shows you what files are in a repository directory without actually downloading the files to your local machine:

$ svn list

If you want a more detailed listing, pass the --verbose (-v) flag to get output like this:

$ svn list -v
  23351 sally                 Feb 05 13:26 ./
  20620 harry            1084 Jul 13  2006 README
  23339 harry                 Feb 04 01:40 branches/
  23198 harry                 Jan 23 17:17 tags/
  23351 sally                 Feb 05 13:26 trunk/

The columns tell you the revision at which the file or directory was last modified, the user who modified it, the size if it is a file, the date it was last modified, and the item's name.