Makes bzr/hg/git/svn checkouts in several places according to a .checkoutmanager.cfg config file (in your home directory).

The advantage: you've got one command with which you can update all your checkouts. And with which you can ask for a list of uncommitted changes. And you can rebuild your entire checkout structure on a new machine just by copying the config file (this was actually the purpose I build it for: I had to change laptops when I switched jobs...).

Checkoutmanager works on linux, osx and windows.

Starting to use it

Starting is easy. Just easy_install checkoutmanager and run checkoutmanager.

  • The first time, you'll get a sample configuration you can copy to .checkoutmanager.cfg in your home directory.
  • The second time, you'll get a usage message. (You'll want to do checkoutmanager co to grab your initial checkouts).

Generic usage

What I normally do every morning when I get to work is checkoutmanager up. This grabs the latest versions of all my checkouts from the server(s). So an svn up for my subversion checkouts, a hg pull -u for mercurial and so on.

From time to time, I'll do a checkoutmanager st to show if I've got some uncommitted files lying around somewhere. Very handy if you've worked in several directories throughout the day: it prevents you from forgetting to check in that one bugfix for a whole week.

A new project means I add a single line to my config file and run checkoutmanager co.

Checkoutmanager allows you to spread your checkouts over multiple directories. It cannot mix version control systems per directory, however. As an example, I've got a ~/buildout/ directory with my big svn website projects checked out there. And a directory with my svn work python libraries. And a ~/hg/ dir with my mercurial projects. And I've made checkouts of several config directories in my home dir, such as ~/.emacs.d, ~/.subversion and so on. Works just fine.


Available commands:

Print whether checkouts are present or missing
Grab latest version from the server.
Print status of files in the checkouts
Grab missing checkouts from the server
Print directories that are missing from the config file

Hidden commands

A few commands are hidden because they are seldom used and are only useful for subversion.

This upgrades the working copy to the new subversion 1.7 layout of the .svn directory. This should be done once after you have upgraded your subversion to 1.7. Note that when you accidentally run this twice you get an error, but nothing breaks. Since this command is so rarely needed, it is not advertised in the command line help.
Display the svn info for the remote url. This is useful when your svn program has been updated and the security mechanisms on your OS now require you to explictly allow access to the stored credentials. The other commands either do not access the internet or are non-interactive (like command up). In fact, the reason for adding this command is that a non-interactive 'svn update' will fail when you have not granted access to your credentials yet for this new svn program. This has happened a bit too often for me (Maurits).

Output directory naming

If you don't specify an output directory name for your checkout url, it just takes the last part. Some exceptions, most for subversion:

If you want something else, just specify a directory name (separated by a space) in the configuration file.

Config file

Sample configuration file: