H&M Skin and SVN

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H&M Skin and SVN

Unread postby dcraggs » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:44 am


I am working on a skin. When opening it I get the message:

The file "W:\SVN-WORK-AREA\OfficeCraft Documentation\Templates\" is under manual version control of SVN. This is possible, but the SVN functions in Help & Manual cannot be applied.
We recommend to save this project in uncompressed format, which will enable the SVN features for automatic check-in and check-out.

The file is actually the directory where the skin is saved.

Am I doing something wrong?

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Re: H&M Skin and SVN

Unread postby Tim Green » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:29 pm

Hi Dave,

There is nothing wrong here. HM is just reminding you that you are working on a file in a compressed format (like .hmxz, the .hmskin format is really a ZIP archive) that cannot be properly managed by version control. If you want your version edits on the components of the skin to be managed by version control you need to work on an unpacked version of the skin, which is quite possible. However, you need to unpack it manually, as follows:

  1. Create an empty folder in your SVN managed area for your unpacked skin.
  2. Change the extension of the skin from .hmskin to .zip and unpack its contents into the new folder.
  3. Change the name of the project.hmxp file to your_skin_name.hmskin
  4. Use your SVN client tools (probably Tortoise) to add all the contents of the folder to your version control repository
You can edit the unpacked skin directly with Help+Manual or Premium Pack Toolbox, and you can also select it for publishing in the Publish screen in Help+Manual. The only restriction is that the preview image stored in the skin will not be displayed in the Publish screen.

Repacking the finished skin:

  1. Change the name of the unpacked .hmskin file back to project.hmxp.
  2. Pack all the contents of the folder in a new .zip file.
  3. Change the extension of the .zip file to .hmskin
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Re: H&M Skin and SVN

Unread postby dcraggs » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:20 pm

Thanks for that.

We don't really need the skins uncompressed.


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