Using the Revision Control Mechanism extension#

The Revision Control Mechanism (RCM) Jupyter Notebook extension provides simple version control for notebook files. It uses the internal Jupyter functionality to perform tasks.

On the surface, RCM uses a simple linear model, but beneath that is a more complex git-based branching model. To prevent merge conflicts, this model uses a “latest wins” policy as its main merging strategy.

The RCM Jupyter Notebook extension adds four buttons:

TIP: If you do not see the RCM buttons, see Setting up RCM for the first time.

Using the Status button#

The Status button allows you to see what revision you are on.

Clicking the Status button displays:

Using the Checkout button#

The Checkout button allows you to view a list of the previous revision points, check out a previous revision or compare differences between revisions.

Clicking the Checkout button displays:

Checking out a previous revision#

To checkout a notebook at an earlier revision point:

  1. Select the checkbox next to the desired revision point.

  2. Click the OK button.

    A copy of the notebook at the selected revision point is displayed.

NOTE: If you have not saved the work in your current project window, checking out a previous revision destroys it. If in doubt, click the Cancel button and save your work before reverting to a previous revision point.

Comparing revisions#

To compare 2 previous revision points:

  1. Select the checkboxes of the revision points to compare.

  2. Click the View Diff button.

    A side-by-side comparison is displayed.

    Click the Cancel button to close the differences window.

Using the Commit button#

The Commit button allows you to save or persist the current changes, keeping a permanent record of any changes that are introduced, so that you do not have to worry about losing important data.

Clicking the Commit button displays:

  1. Enter a description of the changes in the commit as a reminder in case you need to revert back to it later.

  2. Click the OK button.

    Your changes are committed and a revision point is created.

If Git user name and user email are not set, the following window appears:

Configure Git and then try to commit again.

TIP: You can roll back committed changes by checking out a previous version.

Using the Configure git button#

The Configure git button allows you to configure Git user name and email values.

After clicking the Configure Git button, the following window appears:

Enter user name and e-mail address. Click the OK button when finished.

Setting up RCM for the first time#

If you do not see the RCM buttons in your notebook:

  1. Go to the project home page.

  2. Open the Terminal application.

  3. In the terminal window, run:

    git config --global "[email protected]"
    git config --global "Your Name"

    NOTE: Change to your email address, and Your Name to your actual name.

  4. Open Jupyter Notebook and refresh the page.