Subversion, Version control system.Updated by Editors on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
The goal of the Apache Subversion project is to build a version control system that is a compelling replacement for CVS in the open source community. Apache Subversion is meant to be a better CVS, so it has most of CVS's features. Generally, Apache Subversion's interface to a particular feature is similar to CVS's, except where there's a compelling reason to do otherwise.
Apache Subversion can use the HTTP-based WebDAV/DeltaV protocol for network communications, and the Apache web server to provide repository-side network service. This gives Apache Subversion an advantage over CVS in interoperability, and provides various key features for free: authentication, wire compression, and basic repository browsing.
Apache Subversion also offers a standalone server option using a custom protocol (not everyone wants to run Apache 2.x). The standalone server can run as an inetd service, or in daemon mode, and offers basic authentication and authorization. It can also be tunnelled over ssh.
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