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September 20, 2008

SVN: Export only updated files between 2 revisions


Are you someone like me who is looking for an SVN command that exports the files updated between two revisions? Until now, I used to say that there is no such command available in SVN by default, or maybe now they have a feature to build in the next release.

Don’t lose hope. After having a hard time searching for an out of the box solution, I built my own with power of PHP 😉 what else?

The scenario

  • Working with a team that uses SVN for versioning.
  • Your production server doesn’t have svn, so you can’t run the command svn update. Even if you have svn in your production server and your stupid system admin denied to open svn port of your dev server over firewall for security reasons(Believe me, it happens I wrote more than 10 email to my system admin, and I can’t make him understand why we need this port to be open.
  • You need to upload the changes frequently and you have a very large list of directories which need to be chmod to 777 if you prefer uploading all again or,  you don’t keep the files uploaded to the server in Dev (e.g. user images, videos are uploaded in the server are not required in Dev)
  • All you need is to upload the files which are updated after the previous build. It is not so easy if you have too many directories of hierarchy (or using a PHP Framework like me. i.e., controller, models, views, app etc.,) 


  • What does svn log do?
    It’s a command svn to list the files updated and other information in a revision or between two revisions, when you run the command “svn log -rM:N -v” (M,N are two revision numbers) in your working copy directory. You need the output of this command to provide the input for the script.
  • A working copy. (HEAD checkout from your Repo)
  • A directory with “chmod 0777″ for the script to copy only the updated files for upload. 


The Script

  • You can download the source here.
  • View source here.
  • Try the demo



September 6, 2008

Google Chrome : Hybrid of all


  • Webkit as rendering engine like Safari
  • Tabstyles are from Flock
  • Startup page similar to Opera speed-dial and Flock myhome page
  • Paste and go in the address bar like Opera
  • No menu bar like IE 7
  • Tab-to-window and vice versa from Opera/Safari
  • Incognito browsing similar to Private Browsing
  • Create Application Shortcuts like Mozilla Prism


What’s new in Google Chrome


  • No two separate textboxes for URL and for Search
  • Every tab is a separate process
  • Innovative Search, composite of Tortoise Merge (any Textdiff app), Firefox’s (Highlight All) findbox positioned similar to Safari
  • Built-in support for Google Gears
  • Above all its from the giant Google

September 5, 2008


In one of our recent project, we were looking for an automated script that update the working copy of our dev server as soon as someone commit the changes to the SVN.

We were using a Linux server (Fedora) to integrate all the modules developed by almost 15+ developers. I learnt a valuable lesson from the projects in the recent past, it is not so easy to integrate all the modules developed by a team at the end of the project. So I suggested my team that integrating modules while developed would be the best thing (from my exp. anyway ).

Our Dev server running SVN and LAMPP, all we need is an automated script that updates the working copy of our application which resides in htdocs of LAMPP as soon as someone commit their changes, so that they can easily identify the issues as soon as someone commit the conflicts. And also it would be really easy for us to show the demo of the app. at any to the client (i.e., No integration headache at the time of the call).

PHP: the right tool?

As usual I wrote a script in php to run the SVN UPDATE command with PHP exec() function. Oops!! It doesn’t work as expected.


$ret = exec(‘svn update /opt/lampp/htdocs’, $ret2, $ret3);
echo  $ret;


I stumbled Google to know what’s wrong with this code. It returns the following valuable results.

I finally have come to a conclusion that PHP is not the precise tool for the task. So “How did you achieve? Which is the best tool to achieve this?”

I can’t say which one is the best, but this is how I automate the task.

SVN has a feature built-in called hook which is designed specifically to do similar tasks. Don’t know why I’m hearing hooks frequently now-a-days (Drupal uses hooks, Joomla 1.5 uses hooks, hooks! hooks!! hooks!!! )


  • Create a file in C to run the command “svn update“. In my case the file was svn_update.c in /bin.
  • svn_update.c

#include <stddef.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>
int main(void) {

execl("/usr/bin/svn", "svn", "update", "/opt/lampp/htdocs/ ", (const char *) NULL);



  • Compile the file with the following command “gcc svn_update.c -o svn_update
  • Create a file called “post-commit” in the hooks directory of your SVN repository:
  • post-commit

# #!/bin/sh

  •          Chmod your post-commit with the following command “chmod 0755 post-commit

That’s all you have to do, now SVN will do the rest. You can download the files, svn_update.c and post-commit here.


Apache SVN @  http://www.sematopia.com/?p=218

Alternate to C @ http://forum.webfaction.com/viewtopic.php?id=964

Mighty C code @ http://forum.webfaction.com/viewtopic.php?pid=216#p216

September 3, 2008

Google Chrome : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005)


The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005).

Click on OK to terminate the application


Symantec causes this issue and the temp. solution is to disable the sandbox. And the solution from Google Groups is 


You can try running Google Chrome with --no-sandbox (you need to edit the properties of the shortcut you use to launch it).


More links: 

Issues : https://groups.google.com/group/google-chrome-help/search?q=&start=0&scoring=d&enc_author=LjzA1TIAAACxnAQgd0s-x2NJHdBMCj1kX8-qliYfOMJi0wlpwfQxL7SnwL2ldEkDZ3UGY4Fi834vPp-8dun_mzBPI6iup1z0&

Solution 1 : https://forums.symantec.com/syment/board/message?board.id=endpoint_protection11&thread.id=15816

Solution 2 : http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=38#c26




  • I wrapped “--no-sandbox” in CODE tag now to resolve WP double hypen to emdash conversion.
  • Symantec is not the only known source to this issue.
  • To know more about what is sandbox? Please try the pages 25,26 on the book http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/

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