Subversion and OS X

There are a couple of cool things you can do with Subversion and OS X. The first is the Finder plugin, that recognises when you are viewing files that have been checked out of an SVN repository, and puts nice little badges on the icons, so you can see if they are up to date, changed or not in the repository. This is great for a couple of reasons - it works regardless of IDE or editing program(s) you are using. As it turns out, both things I use (Komodo and Xcode) have SVN handling built in (or at least I think Komodo Edit does, I’m still using the Komodo IDE demo on my new machine…). But sometimes I want to have files that are of a different format, or projects that are not necessarily coding projects, that I still want to have version control over. So, I have a local subversion repository directory (~/.SVN, so I don’t see it in the Finder, but it should still be backed up when I back up my home directory), and I’ve currently got a couple of repositories - one for Jaq’s website, and another for my new project, which will (eventually) add the ability to change an iCal event attendee’s status with a pop-up menu. The first of these brings up the only limitation of SVN I’ve come across so far. I use xattrs to store metadata in a multi-machine setup (more than one Mac can’t seem to share metadata very well, things like Finder comments aren’t always propagated across network shares). SVN doesn’t seem to store xattrs, which makes the really cool system I made for generating Jaq’s website fairly useless.


I’ve been playing around a little with proxytunnel, a little program designed for allowing you to create tunnels through an SSL (HTTPS) proxy server. The only OS X instructions I found are somewhat out of date (the program’s arguments are now in a different form) and I haven’t as yet had much luck with actually getting a working tunnel.

More than one preferred network

I have noticed another slight issue with the MacBook Pro and AirPort networks. If you have networks stored in your preferred networks list, ensure that there is only one preferred network wherever you are. If there are two networks, it may not automatically connect to either. Secondly, if you are connected to a WPA Enterprise network, you may find that OS X complains about the certificate, if it has been self-signed by your network admin. You need a root certificate, and tell the OS to trust that, before you can get seamless network connections happening. This does not appear to be an issue with Windows clients.

iCal and Invitations

I’ve used Gmail/Calendar, and have just migrated my data back to iCal, since now I have a laptop it makes a bit more sense to have the data stored locally. There is one thing I’d like to see possible in both systems is to mark a meeting attendee as attending. It only appears to be possible to do this from the person themselves. Sometimes I speak to an attendee of a function, and they are coming, but the email or calendar system they are using does not integrate well with iCal/gCal, so the email is sent back, and I need to modify stuff manually. Google Calendar at least allows you to add “Guests”, something I haven’t yet figured out how to do with iCal. However, with iCal, it appears to be possible to script iCal, so I may be able to add this functionality.