Crash on KDE

If SmartGit, SmartSVN or SmartSynchronize crashes for you on dialogs where (on other platforms) comboboxes are visible, please check whether the oxygen-gtk style is selected. It is reported to be extremely buggy and better should be replaced with either Adwaita or Clearlooks-Phenix:

  1.  Open the System Settings
    KDE: System Settings
  2. Select the Application Appearance
  3. On the GTK+ Appearance page select, e.g. Adwaita

SWT bug report

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SmartSVN: missing/unversioned file pairs on OS X

We are frequently getting bug reports of “normal” files showing up as a missing/unversioned file pairs on OS X. This happens if they contain non-ASCII characters (like German Umlauts) in their names and they have been added from another platform, like Windows or Linux or directly from the Repository Browser.

Known Subversion problem

This is a known problem of Subversion: in short, Subversion stores file names “as is”. When adding a file “schön” on Windows, its name is stored in this “composed” form in the repository. When checking out the file on OS X, the filename is converted to “decomposed” form when writing to the file system, resulting in “scho¨n“. Thus, svn status will see a different file in the working copy than in the repository and hence report the missing/unversioned file pair. Further details can be found at Subversion issue #2464 and in the Subversion Wiki.


Unfortunately, it’s currently not clear whether this problem will be solved for Subversion/when the fix will be present. The only known workaround is to get rid of such special characters in the repository completely:

  • in case there are only a few files, you may use the Repository Browser to Rename the offending files, then update your working copy
  • in case there are many files affected, it will be better to check out a fresh working copy on Windows or Linux, rename all offending files in the working copy and finally commit all these renames at once

SmartSVN sold to WANdisco

We’re proud to announce that WANdisco International Ltd. has acquired our SVN client SmartSVN to broaden their SVN portfolio.

We at Syntevo have started development of SmartSVN in 2004. Starting with a small group of enthusiastic users, SmartSVN nowadays is the most important multi-platform SVN client. We are sure that WANdisco, as a leading Subversion company, will be able to leverage SmartSVN’s position in the market even higher. You can find SmartSVN now at

We want to thank our long-time friends and partners at TMate Software s.r.o. who provided the excellent technical base library SVNKit used by SmartSVN, as well as our active user base who have guided us to the direction into which SmartSVN evolved.

Who is WANdisco?

WANdisco is a leading provider of Apache Subversion based software and services for the enterprise. The company’s products include Subversion MultiSite, Subversion Access Control and Subversion Clustering.

Will this affect my purchased SmartSVN license?

No, WANdisco will continue to support Syntevo’s SmartSVN users and provide the 1 year of free updates for them.

Where should I raise issues in the future?

The best place to raise any general issues is on WANdisco’s dedicated SmartSVN forum.

More Information

More information, e.g. about what WANdisco is planning to do with SmartSVN, you can find at WANdisco’s blog

Positive Tweets 3

  • Gwenn Guihal: I have searched for a long time : The best SVN client for MacOs is SmartSVN (free furthermore) (as easy as Tortoise)
  • Seth Carstens: we use SmartSVN and SmartGIT. Have used them for years now after a Tortoise-SVN update corrupted my local SVN files
  • Russell Heimlich: SmartSVN is awesome. And cross platform.
  • Richard Brown: Oddly enough I’m liking the Git client SmartGit on Windows. My favorite Mac client Towers could learn a couple of things from it.
  • Stuart Thompson: I am a long time GiT command line user but recently started SmartGit. Doesn’t solve all of my problems, but in the simple cases it’s great.
  • Dan Clarke: Very impressed with the SmartGit Windows Git client. Think this might have moved me away from Git Extensions!
  • Amir-abbas Abdolali: I have github too but smartgit has more features.
  • Jered: Nice! Give SmartGit a look if you’re in need a decent GUI. Windows version works great, at least.
  • Peter Mescalchin: SmartGit 3.0.8 bug fix released – really enjoying this as a frontend GUI to Git when the command line won’t cut it
  • Scott Jehl: +1 for SmartGit – works well. I tend to use Git from cmd line, but the GUI can be faster in certain workflows, for me
  • just started using SmartGit – it really does make merging fun!