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SVN is short for "Subversion" and is an open source version control system

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I'm a Subversion geek, why should I consider or not consider Mercurial or Git or any other DVCS?

I try to understand the benefits of distributed version control system (DVCS). I found Subversion Re-education and this article by Martin Fowler very useful. Mercurial and others DVCS promote a ...
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How do you achieve a numeric versioning scheme with Git?

My organization is considering moving from SVN to Git. One argument against moving is as follows: How do we do versioning? We have an SDK distribution based on the NetBeans Platform. As the SVN ...
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How can I maintain code quality without SCM?

I am working in a governmental institution. The technology being used here and the methods for developing software are quite old fashioned. They have tons of storage space but no appropriate space ...
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git for personal (one-man) projects. Overkill?

I know, and use, two version control systems: Subversion and git. Subversion, as of now, gets used for personal projects where I am the only developer and git gets used for open source projects and ...
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Are there any statistics that show the popularity of Git versus SVN? [closed]

I'm writing an essay, and would like to have some empiric evidence, perhaps longitudinal data where the popularity of these technologies is compared over a period of some years. Are there any ...
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Is it bad practice to not delete redundant files right away from VCS but instead mark them as “To be deleted” with comments first?

I wanted to know if the way I deal with source files that need to be deleted from version control could be regarded as bad practice. I want to explain it to you based on that example: I recently ...
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Too much version control and bug tracking overhead per change?

I work at a place that is CVS-crazy and Bugzilla-nuts. There are so many branches off each release that one cannot count them. Everyone is constantly auto-merging. There is no fluidity at this job. ...
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What does it mean by atomic commit for a versioning system?

One of the reasons why programmers prefer SVN over CVS is the former allows atomic commits ? What does this mean ?
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Do DVCSes discourage continuous integration?

Say there is a team of ten agile developers. Every day they each pick a task from the board, commits several changes against it, until (by the end of the day) they have completed the task. All ...
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Should I understand SVN before I jump to GIT? [closed]

I work in a department where no one has ever used source control before, including myself. I am trying to push the concept. I have spent a little while researching SVN. I some basics learned. I can ...
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Is my company merging branches wrong?

I recently came across an MSDN article about branching and merging and SCM: Branching and Merging Primer - Chris Birmele. In the article they say 'big bang merge' is a merging antipattern: Big ...
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What's so difficult about SVN merges?

Possible Duplicate: I’m a Subversion geek, why should I consider or not consider Mercurial or Git or any other DVCS? Every once in a while, you hear someone saying that distributed version ...
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How to enforce good/better source code control practices?

I suspect that I'm focusing on the wrong problem so I will first describe what I think the problem is before presenting the possibly suboptimal solution I envision. Current Situation: Currently my ...
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Git - What issues arise from working directly on master?

I have seen lots of advice about git branching models and the most common opinion seems to be that making changes directly on the master branch is a bad idea. One of our co-workers is quite happy ...
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Business case for decentralized version control systems

I searched and couldn't find any business reasons why git/mercurial/bazzr systems are better than centralized systems (subversion, perforce). If you were trying to sell a DVCS to a non-technical ...
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How do you put different versions of your library under version control? Do you use tags? Or branches? Or another method?

I have recently started putting my code under version control (in the lab I'm working, under SVN, and my own codes in github (obviously with git)). Before using version control, I used to do something ...
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Can we set up svn server on a local computer without any network access?

I want to set up an SVN repository on my computer without any network access. I am working on a code without any collaborator, so I don't want it to be publicly available. I read this post, but it ...
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Specific reasons for still using Subversion? [closed]

I want to choose a version control system for my company. So far I know I have Git, Subversion and Mercurial. These days I see that Git is the most used, so I'm left wondering: would there be any ...
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git / other VCS - how often to commit? [duplicate]

I've been a programmer now for over 11 years, and am just starting to get into version control for real. The places I've worked at have never really used version control (one committed at the end of ...
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What to do about large svn history when moving to git?

Edit: unlike some similar questions such as Moving a multi-GB SVN repo to Git or https://stackoverflow.com/questions/540535/managing-large-binary-files-with-git My scenario doesn't involve several ...
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Why do Git users say that Subversion does not have all the source code locally?

I'm only going on what I've read on SO, so forgive me, but all I read says that one major advantage of Git over Subversion is that Git gives all the source code to the developer locally, not having to ...
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Should I use a code repository if I am the only one working on a project? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Version control for independent developers? I am not sure if I should use a code repository when I am the only one working on a project.
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How do you read other's code? [closed]

Almost every advanced programmer says that it's very useful to read the code of other professionals. Usually they advice open source. Do you read it or not? If you do, how often and what's the ...
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Why does git allow you to “change history”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should the VCS history of a project be deleted? I am experienced using svn and recently started learning git. I was quite shocked to learn that git has features that ...
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We're Subversion Geeks and we want to know the benefits of Mercurial [closed]

Having read I'm a Subversion geek, why should I consider or not consider Mercurial or Git or any other DVCS. I have a related follow up question. I read that question and read the recommended links ...
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Where can I find “SVN for Git Users” resources? [closed]

So I took a job where the firm uses SVN (but will be moving to Git sometime in the future). The problem is that I don't know SVN. I've tried numerous Google queries and all I can ever find are SVN->...
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Using Subversion as an artifact repository vs a specific artifact management tool

TL;DR: Why use something like Apache Archiva or Sonatype Nexus as an artifact repository instead of Subversion? The build system I use currently has a lot of binary blobs (images, sound files, ...
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What version control system can manage all aspects? [closed]

A few months ago I dug into Subversion and GIT and was disappointed. They handle SOURCE CODE fine but not other aspects. For example, a web site under version control needs to manage file/directory ...
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Can commits be considered too small? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: git / other VCS - how often to commit? How often should I/do you make commits? The usage of source control is very different from one developer to another and from project to ...
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Mercurial Repository structure with heavyweight corporate comms, configuration management & test requirements

I am yet another Subversion user struggling to re-educate myself in the Tao of distributed version control. When using Subversion, I was a big fan of the project-minor approach, and, with most of my ...
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Workflow: Using binary document formats in Git without locks (moving from subversion)

We're a software consultancy with a multitude of projects for different customers. We traditionally use Subversion, but are currently considering moving to Git. A significant portion of the documents ...
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What's the best way to review a code before it's committed to the trunk? (SVN)

What's the best way to review a code before it's committed to the SVN trunk? One idea that I am thinking of is to having the developer to commit his code to a branch and then reviewing his code while ...
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Why do Git/Mercurial repositories use less space?

I've read on several discussions here and on SO that DVCS repositories use about the same or less space than their centralised counter-parts. I may have missed it, but I haven't found a good ...
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What is the most basic and simple platform for collaborative development (PHP project)? [closed]

I need to work with 4-5 programmers on a fairly average PHP application using codeigniter. We're in 5 different locations in one city, and all of the programmers are all not too well educated and I'm ...
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Version Control with SQL Server

I'm starting a new project and using SVN (with Tortoise) as my Version Control System. I was wondering if it was possible to also maintain a SQL Server Database using the same system. I'd want to ...
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Using SVN poorly - is Mercurial the answer?

At work we use SVN, but in name only. We don't branch or merge. We keep two copies of the repository, one serving as the "tag" branch that gets copied when we do a deployment and kept for bug fixes ...
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How should I control the versions of my project on GitHub

I am trying to spend as much time as I can on GitHub nowadays (even I am the only person in team at work) to really feel how it is going to be like for a real world corporate application. One ...
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Odd company release cycle: Go Distributed Source Control?

Sorry about this long post, but I think it is worth it. I have just started with a small .NET shop that operates quite a bit differently to other places that I have worked. Unlike any of my previous ...
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Compute costs of bad code

I am looking for arguments to convince management to invest effort into refactoring. We log work using Jira and relate every svn-commit to a jira call. My idea is to do the following: manually spot ...
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Is there a difference between merges in svn compared to git or mercurial?

From my understanding SVN is 'Easy to branch. Difficult to merge'. Why is that? Is there a difference how they merge?
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Why can't I edit an SVN commit message?

I'm using SVN. Sometimes I miss something when I write a commit message. But once it's been committed, it cannot be reverted, and even I can't edit the message. Why they didn't put the edit function ...
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Workflow, editing things not in your current task

Usually when I program, I have a clear task ahead of me, but find annoying things I'd like to clean up as I go on. Here I see three options: Do it later (may forgot/have to spend time adding a ...
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What will be the best practice for having 'reviewed' source code in a source control repository?

What will be the best way to manage reviewed source code in a source control repository? Should the source code go through a review process before getting checked in, or should the code review happen ...
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Is the inconvenience about merging in SVN prior to v1.5 obsolete by now when lack of metadata isn't the case anymore?

I'm getting started with SVN and so many sources say that merging is very difficult in SVN as compared to DVCS tools. The most recent questions I could find here on SE are from 2012. Sometimes there'...
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Is it acceptable to deploy web app to production directly from SVN

Question Is there a legitimate reason NOT to use SVN for production deploys, or is this merely a case of personal preference and there is no real case against SVN? Background My workplace has a ...
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How do professional application developers use version control systems, like GIT and Subversion?

I am a beginner developer and I have been wondering from the start, how do professional use tools like GIT and Subversion (I don't have a very good understanding about these tools), to fulfill their ...
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In Subversion, how should I set up a new major version of my application?

I'm about to start work on a new version (version 4) of my commercial application. I use Subversion. Based on your experiences, mistakes, and successes, how would you recommend I set up the new ...
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Obstacles to using Git Flow in Subversion

My team at work is starting a new project, using Subversion as our VCS (you may consider this set in stone for the purpose of this question). We're still in the early stages of the project and are ...
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Should we use a monorepo?

My team is planning a migration from subversion to git. We support 3 applications... 1 is primarily for internal users, 1 is for corporate "partners" and 1 is for end users. These applications share ...
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Should you bother with SVN branches if you only ever have one?

If we only work with one branch in Subversion, should we even bother? Can't we just work on the trunk to speed things up? This is how we develop with Subversion: There is a trunk We make a new ...

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