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Apache Subversion
Version control system

Subversion (svn) exists to be recognized and adopted as a centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.

The main features of Apache Subversion are:

  • Most CVS features.
  • Directories are versioned.
  • Copying, deleting, and renaming are versioned.
  • Free-form versioned metadata (“properties”).
  • Atomic commits.
  • Branching and tagging are cheap (constant time) operations.
  • Merge tracking.
  • File locking.
  • Symbolic links can be versioned.
  • Executable flag is preserved.
  • Apache network server option, with WebDAV/DeltaV protocol.
  • Standalone server option (svnserve).
  • Parseable output.
  • Localized messages.
  • Interactive conflict resolution.
  • Repository read-only mirroring.
  • Write-through proxy over WebDAV.
  • Natively client/server, layered library design with clean APIs.
  • Binary files handled efficiently.
  • Costs are proportional to change size, not data size.
  • Bindings to programming languages.
  • Changelists.

It is developed as a free software project of the Apache Software Foundation.



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Leaders and contributors

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Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)
Ruby (Ref) (R)
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview
Ruby (Ref)
User, developerBug Tracking
Python (Ref) (R)

Software prerequisites


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