Exploring the Log Menu in SmartSVN

SmartSVN’s ‘Log’ option allows Apache Subversion users to view the change history of a specified file/directory, through a powerful Log Menu. In this post, we’ll show you how to access the Log Menu, and explore some of the additional options available through this menu.

To access the Log Menu:

1) Select the file/directory you wish to view the change history for and click the ‘Log’ button (alternatively, open the ‘Query’ menu and select ‘Log…’)





2) In the ‘Show directory log’ dialog, select the time period you wish to review. In this example, we’ll set SmartSVN to review ‘the Last 2 weeks.’ Click ‘Ok.’











Tip. Select the ‘Stop logging on copied locations’ checkbox to prevent SmartSVN from tracking further changes when it encounters a revision where the file/directory has been copied from another location.

3) The Log window will open automatically. This screen consists of several different sections:

  • Revisions table – displays the different revisions and their attributes, including the log message.
  • Revision Info – select a particular revision to see all the information about this revision in the Revision Info pane.
  • Search Author and Commit Message – allows you to filter out certain revisions.
  • Directories – displays the Directories/Files view for the selected revision.







Log Menu Options

There are some additional options available from this dialog:

1) ‘Show More…’ – accessed by selecting the ‘Log’ menu. This option allows you to extend the displayed log range.






In the ‘Show More’ dialog, you can increase the number of displayed revisions (for example, by increasing the date range, or requesting to see the ‘previous X revisions.’)










2) Export to File – accessed through the ‘Log’ menu. This option exports the log data to a file.






In the ‘Export to File’ dialog, you can either export ‘All Revisions’ or ‘Selected revisions,’ and choose from several different formats (XML, HTML, Plain text, or Custom). You must also specify the Output file, which is where the log information will be written.








These are just some of the options available through SmartSVN’s powerful Log Menu. We’ll be covering more of these in our next post.

If you haven’t already tried SmartSVN, download your free SmartSVN Foundation edition today http://smartsvn.com/

Remember, you can catch up on the rest of our intro to SmartSVN series:

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