Version Control with Subversion


Written by members of the development team that maintains Subversion, this is the official guide and reference manual for the popular open source revision control technology. The new edition covers Subversion 1.5 with a complete introduction and guided tour of its capabilities, along with best practice recommendations.

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Written by members of the development team that maintains Subversion, this is the official guide and reference manual for the popular open source revision control technology. The new edition covers Subversion 1.5 with a complete introduction and guided tour of its capabilities, along with best practice recommendations.

Version Control with Subversion is useful for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from those with no previous version control experience to experienced system administrators.

Subversion is the perfect tool to track individual changes when several people collaborate on documentation or, particularly, software development projects. As a more powerful and flexible successor to the CVS revision control system, Subversion makes life so much simpler, allowing each team member to work separately and then merge source code changes into a single repository that keeps a record of each separate version.

Inside the updated edition Version Control with Subversion, you'll find:

  • An introduction to Subversion and basic concepts behind version control
  • A guided tour of the capabilities and structure of Subversion 1.5
  • Guidelines for installing and configuring Subversion to manage programming, documentation, or any other team-based project
  • Detailed coverage of complex topics such as branching and repository administration
  • Advanced features such as properties, externals, and access control
  • A guide to best practices
  • Complete Subversion reference and troubleshooting guide
If you've never used version control, you'll find everything you need to get started. And if you're a seasoned CVS pro, this book will help you make a painless leap into Subversion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596510336
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,459,301
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Michael Pilato (Mike) is a core Subversion developer, and a leader in the Subversion community. He is currently employed by CollabNet, where he spends his days (and many nights) improving Subversion and other tools with which it integrates. A husband and father, this North Carolina native also enjoys composing and performing music, freelance graphic design work, hiking, and spending quality time with his family. Mike has a degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Ben Collins-Sussman, one of the founding developers of the Subversion version control system, led Google’s Project Hosting team and now manages the engineering team for the Google Affiliate Network. He cofounded Google’s engineering office in Chicago and ported Subversion to Google’s Bigtable platform. Ben coauthored Version Control with Subversion, and contributed chapters to Unix in a Nutshell and Linux in a Nutshell.

Brian Fitzpatrick leads Google’s Data Liberation Front and Transparency Engineering teams and has previously led Google's Project Hosting and Google Affiliate Network teams. He cofounded Google’s Chicago engineering office and serves as both thought leader and internal advisor for Google's open data efforts.

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Table of Contents

What Is Subversion?;
How to Read This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Organization of This Book;
This Book Is Free;
Using Code Examples;
Safari® Books Online;
How to Contact Us;
Chapter 1: Fundamental Concepts;
1.1 The Repository;
1.2 Versioning Models;
1.3 Subversion in Action;
1.4 Summary;
Chapter 2: Basic Usage;
2.1 Help!;
2.2 Getting Data into Your Repository;
2.3 Initial Checkout;
2.4 Basic Work Cycle;
2.5 Examining History;
2.6 Sometimes You Just Need to Clean Up;
2.7 Summary;
Chapter 3: Advanced Topics;
3.1 Revision Specifiers;
3.2 Properties;
3.3 File Portability;
3.4 Ignoring Unversioned Items;
3.5 Keyword Substitution;
3.6 Sparse Directories;
3.7 Locking;
3.8 Externals Definitions;
3.9 Peg and Operative Revisions;
3.10 Changelists;
3.11 Network Model;
3.12 Summary;
Chapter 4: Branching and Merging;
4.1 What’s a Branch?;
4.2 Using Branches;
4.3 Basic Merging;
4.4 Advanced Merging;
4.5 Traversing Branches;
4.6 Tags;
4.7 Branch Maintenance;
4.8 Common Branching Patterns;
4.9 Vendor Branches;
4.10 Summary;
Chapter 5: Repository Administration;
5.1 The Subversion Repository, Defined;
5.2 Strategies for Repository Deployment;
5.3 Creating and Configuring Your Repository;
5.4 Repository Maintenance;
5.5 Moving and Removing Repositories;
5.6 Summary;
Chapter 6: Server Configuration;
6.1 Overview;
6.2 Choosing a Server Configuration;
6.3 svnserve, a Custom Server;
6.4 httpd, the Apache HTTP Server;
6.5 Path-Based Authorization;
6.6 Supporting Multiple Repository Access Methods;
Chapter 7: Customizing Your Subversion Experience;
7.1 Runtime Configuration Area;
7.2 Localization;
7.3 Using External Editors;
7.4 Using External Differencing and Merge Tools;
7.5 Summary;
Chapter 8: Embedding Subversion;
8.1 Layered Library Design;
8.2 Inside the Working Copy Administration Area;
8.3 Using the APIs;
8.4 Summary;
Chapter 9: Subversion Complete Reference;
9.1 The Subversion Command-Line Client: svn;
9.2 svnadmin;
9.3 svnlook;
9.4 svnsync;
9.5 svnserve;
9.6 svndumpfilter;
9.7 svnversion;
9.8 mod_dav_svn Configuration Directives;
9.9 mod_authz_svn;
9.10 Subversion Properties;
9.11 Repository Hooks;
Subversion Quick-Start Guide;
Installing Subversion;
High-Speed Tutorial;
Subversion for CVS Users;
Revision Numbers Are Different Now;
Directory Versions;
More Disconnected Operations;
Distinction Between Status and Update;
Branches and Tags;
Metadata Properties;
Conflict Resolution;
Binary Files and Translation;
Versioned Modules;
Converting a Repository from CVS to Subversion;
WebDAV and Autoversioning;
What Is WebDAV?;
Client Interoperability;
Creative Commons Legal Code;

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