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What is Subversion?

What is Subversion?

Overview
Subversion is an open-source version control system (VCS).

Subversion as a VCS

Subversion (SVN) is an open-source vendor credentialing service (VCS) developed by Apache. Like all VCSs, SVN tracks and categorizes changes made to files and directories over time.

Subversion first saw release in 2000. Its competitors include Git, CVS, and Mercurial, among others. Compared to its competition, SVN benefits from the inclusion of atomic operations, cheaper branch operations, and a wider variety of plug-ins for interactive development environments (IDEs).

Common criticisms of SVN point to its relatively slow speed and lack of distributed revision control.

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