Become Familiar with Community Policies

Now that you have a working copy containing the latest Subversion source code, you will most certainly want to take a cruise through the «Hacker's Guide to Subversion», which is available either as the www/hacking.html file in the working copy, or on the Subversion website at This guide contains general instructions for contributing to Subversion, including how to properly format your source code for consistency with the rest of the codebase, how to describe your proposed changes with an effective change log message, how to test your changes, and so on. Commit privileges on the Subversion source repository are earned—a government by meritocracy. [52] The «Hacker's Guide» is an invaluable resource when it comes to making sure that your proposed changes earn the praises they deserve without being rejected on technicalities.

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