Problems updating to WordPress 2.8 using SVN

If you’re like me, you run your WordPress installation off of a SVN checkout, making it far easier to stay up to date with new versions. In fact, using version control checkouts is an excellent way to maintain web applications running on production servers, especially if they don’t require compilation.

However, if you recently tried to upgrade to the latest version using the instructions at the WordPress Codex, you likely ran into a problem with an error mesage like this:

$ svn sw http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/2.8/ . 
svn: 'http://core.svn.wordpress.org/tags/2.8/'
is not the same repository as
'http://svn.automattic.com'

This is because sometime between the release of 2.7.1 and 2.8, the URL of the WordPress SVN repository changed from http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/ to http://core.svn.wordpress.org/.

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Subscribe to Comments for E-mail notification of replies

In response to the numerous comments received on my Acer Aspire One 6 vs. 3-cell battery comparison and subsequent full review, (thanks people!) I’ve added the popular Subscribe to Comments plugin to make dealing with responses easier.

Many of you posted questions in the comments, and having to keep checking back to see if anyone has posted a reply can be tedious and time-consuming. Instead, you can now subscribe to a comment thread when you post a reply; any subsequent comments will generate a notification that is e-mailed to you, keeping you up to date. The e-mail will also contain a link to where you can manage all the threads you are subscribed to and remove yourself from any subscriptions, so you have full control over what e-mails you receive. So don’t be afraid to use this feature!

The feature is disabled/unchecked by default until you enable it. This means it is purely an opt-in subscription, to prevent connotations of spam, which we all hate. I have tried it out and it appears to be working, but let me know if you have any problems.

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Protecting SVN metadata folders on a web server

I recently changed my WordPress install over to an SVN checkout in order to get rid of the tedious steps required to upgrade every time a new version is released.

Thankfully, following the well-written guide on the WordPress.org Codex was easy and straightforward – both for changing this existing installation over to SVN and for setting up a new blog for RunTrackr. I now look forward to updates, just so I can relish in the ease of upgrading. 🙂 Continued