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Subversion is an open source version control system. Founded in 2000 by CollabNet, Inc., the Subversion project and software have seen incredible success over the past decade. The open source community has used Subversion widely: for example in projects such as Apache Software Foundation, Free Pascal, FreeBSD, GCC, Django, Ruby, Mono, SourceForge, ExtJS,, PHP and MediaWiki. Google Code also provides Subversion hosting for their open source projects.

Its feature include

  • Most CVS features
  • Directories are versioned
  • Copying, deleting, and renaming are versioned
  • Atomic commits
  • Branching and tagging are cheap (constant time) operations
  • Merge tracking
  • File locking
  • Apache network server option, with WebDAV/DeltaV protocol
  • Symbolic links can be versioned
  • Standalone server option (svnserve)
  • Localized messages
  • Interactive conflict resolution
  • Repository read-only mirroring
  • Natively client/server, layered library design with clean APIs
  • Binary files handled efficiently
  • Bindings to programming languages such as such as Python, Perl, Java, and Ruby
  • Changelists



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