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From Andy Levy <>
Subject Re: Difference between 'svn update' and 'svn checkout'
Date Sat, 12 Nov 2011 02:41:18 GMT
On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 21:12, Welington Rodrigues Braga
<> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I've just started to use Subversion a few months ago and I am really
> are asking me why I had never used it before but it is not the reason
> of my contact. To be honest I am trying to to do a post-commit script
> that automatically sincronizes a given workcopy when any of my users
> commits their modifications to my repository.
> Although it's is ok and working fine (at least in my simples test), I
> did not put in production yet because I have a doubt that neither
> Subversion manual or Google were able to answer me. I didn't find any
> difference beetwen 'svn update' and 'svn checkout' commands which is
> the main function of my post-commit script.
> Nowadays I'm using 'svn checkout' and it is working, like I said, but
> I'm not sure if I'm losing some functionality with this option.
> Can anyone help me and answer my question?

svn checkout creates a new working copy.

svn update updates an existing working copy.

Chapter 2 of the manual, "Basic Usage", covers these pretty well. In
particular, "Creating a Working Copy"
( followed
immediately by "Basic Work Cycle"

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