I have to work on some docs, I need a software that can trace all the modifications that I will make to a specific file or project (group of files): is there something like that?

The important thing is that I have to do that with a single machine so I do not need a distributed solution, I only have to work with txt files with UTF-8 charset and pdf files.

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    What are the important qualities of a versioning system "especially designed for documents" that wouldn't exist in a versioning system designed for source code? – user31664 Nov 24 '11 at 21:19
  • If it's just text and PDF files, why specify "especially designed for documents"? IBM FileNet is good for other kinds of documents, but I would imagine that text can just be done with a version control system for code. Why not? – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Nov 24 '11 at 21:22
  • @OrbWeaver it can be much more simple and easy to use. – Micro Nov 24 '11 at 22:26
  • @FrustratedWithFormsDesigner does not seems to be what i am actually looking for, thanks anyway. – Micro Nov 24 '11 at 22:28
  • @OrbWeaver: Consider, for a moment, trying to keep Excel spreadsheets or MS-Word documents in Subversion. "svn diff" pretty much does nothing useful. – Ross Patterson Nov 25 '11 at 19:12

I use git to track my local files.

git init .
git add myfile1.txt myfile2.txt
git commit -m "Added first two files"

You can track everything on your local repo without needing an external one.


You can use a DVCS anyway.
DVCS works great with a local repository that stays only on your local machine.
You don't have to distribute, i.e. push or pull to or from other machines.

The most known and used DVCS are Git (as already suggested in the accepted answer) and Mercurial.

  • i was looking for some names ... – Micro Nov 24 '11 at 22:29
  • @Micro: I added one more name! – Christian Specht Nov 24 '11 at 22:46
  • +1 for mentioning Mercurial. It doesn't get as much attention as Git, but it's better thought out and less "hacky". – Ross Patterson Nov 25 '11 at 19:13
  • Yes, that's why I mentioned it. I'm using it as well, and I'm still having my little problems with Git :-) – Christian Specht Nov 26 '11 at 14:40

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