Getting More out of ‘Check for Modifications’
When modifying a working copy with TortoiseSVN, ’Check for Modifications’ is a useful function for pinpointing exactly which files you’ve changed, and which files have been changed and committed by others. But did you know that you can perform other useful actions, from the ‘Check for Modifications’ screen?
- You first need to access the ‘Check for Modifications’ screen. Start by selecting the ‘Check for Modifications…’ option from the TortoiseSVN menu.
- TortoiseSVN will then bring up a dialog displaying every file that has been changed in your working copy, with colour coding to highlight the status.
You can perform several other operations from inside this dialog.
1) Recover deleted items – If you have deleted a file by accident, you can recover it by right-clicking on the file and selecting the ‘Revert’ option.
You will be asked to confirm the revert. Click ‘Revert’ to re-add the deleted file to your working copy.
2) Delete unversioned/ignored files – to send these files to the recycle bin, right-click on the file and select ‘Delete.’
You will then be asked to confirm the delete.
Tip: If you wish to permanently delete the file, you can hold the ‘Shift’ key while selecting ‘Delete’ to bypass the recycle bin. This will bring up a slightly different confirmation message.
3) Examine a file in detail – if you need more information on the contents of a file, you can right-click on the file in question and drag it into another application, for example a text file or an IDE. This will automatically display the contents of the file.
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