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Monticello Basics
Last updated at 11:06 pm UTC on 1 October 2019

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See http://www.wiresong.ca/Monticello/ and Monticello for an introduction into concepts.
See also Adding and removing classes or methods from a Monticello Package and Monticello Technical for suggestions on creating a package using Monticello.

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Running Monticello

To start Monticello from the World menu select the open submenu then select Monticello Browser.
To start Monticello from the Dock select Tools or Apps then select Monticello Browser.
This should display the following window: (note your installation will show different package names and repository directories from the figures included here. Also your system may have the scrollbars on the right of the views but these screenshots were taken from Tim Rowledges machine and he chooses to have them on the left, like any sensible person.)


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The pane on the left lists all the Monticello packages currently installed in your image. The pane on the right lists all the repositories Monticello currently knows for that package, and the order they will be searched for accessing repository editions.

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Selecting a Package

To select a package that is listed in the left pane
The buttons:

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Opening a Repository

To open a repository that is listed in the right pane
This should result in a window similar to the one below.


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Here the left hand pane displays all the packages in the repository you opened; the right hand pane displays all the different versions of the packages in that repository. Yellow clicking in the right pane will bring up a menu that will allow you to sort the packages by different criterion.

Only the Refresh button is active. Pressing it will cause Monticello to re-read the repository and update the window.

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Opening a Package and Version

To open a particular version of a package:
This will collaspe the right hand pane down to just those files in the package.
Depending on the location of the repository (local or networked) this could take a few minutes.
You'll noticed two changes in the window. First, all the buttons at the top of the window will become active and second, the bottom pane will display data.


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The bottom pane contains information about this version.
The final section of the bottom pane should contain information and comments the author entered when she did the commit.

The buttons support dynamic help messages, moving the mouse pointer over a button will bring up a brief help message. The buttons are:


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