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Revision control system

'arch' is a revision control system with features that are ideal for projects with widely distributed development, concurrent support of multiple releases, and substantial amounts of development on branches. It is intended to replace CVS and corrects many mis-features of that system. 'arch' permits branching and merging across multiple, distributed, public and private repositories. arch has fancy features for merging branches. It cleanly handles renamed files and directories. It includes a web interface for browsing repository contents. It has a feature called "revision libraries" which can be used to get very fast and very convenient access to past revisions.


Developer specifications available in HTML format from

Related Projects

  • CVS
  • Rcs
  • Subversion
  • Svk


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv2Janet Casey11 February 2002

Leaders and contributors

Alexander Deruwe Contributor
Jonathan Geisler Contributor
Robert Anderson Contributor
Scott R. Parish Contributor
Tom Lord Contributor
Andy Tai Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Savannah (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Required to useand -m options)
Required to use-zxf F
Required to useGNU diff
Required to buildGNU make
Required to useGNU patch
Weak prerequisiteBSD column program
Required to use/dev/null
Required to useand the standard POSIX shell tools
Required to use-T
Required to useGNU tar (with -zcf F

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 20 February 2018.


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