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Subversion is the undermining of authority.

Subversion (also known as svn) is also a version control system designed specifically to replace CVS, which is considered to have many deficiencies. The following features are planned to be included in the first version:

  • Most current CVS features
  • Directories, renames, and file meta-data are versioned
  • Commits are truly atomic
  • Apache as network server, WebDAV/DeltaV for protocol
  • Branching and tagging are cheap (constant time) operations
  • Natively client/server, layered library design
  • Client/server protocol sends diffs in both directions
  • Costs are proportional to change size, not data size
  • Efficient handling of binary files
  • Parseable output

Subversion has an IRC channel on irc.freenode.net (#svn).

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