Branching, in revision control is the duplication of an object under revision control so that modifications can happen in parallel along both branches.

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How to improve our source control process

Background: We are using agile project management and follow sprints to do development. We are using a single repository in bitbucket.org that uses mercurial. Repository is hosting 3-4 products. ...
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Branching breaks continous integration?

I think this article, A Successful Git Branching Model, is very well known among experienced DVCS users. I use hg mostly, but I would argue this discussion is fine for any DVCS. Our current ...
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How do I share SVN trunk with multiple branches? [duplicate]

I have a project that I have been working on for a couple years. The project has gone fine. The sales team has struck a deal with a separate client that wants to have its own changes to the existing ...
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More than one deployable git branch

My dilemma is about the GIT flow. Let's assume that I have an application that can be deployed differently (staging release, QA release, production release). Since the application has profiles to be ...
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Branching and Merging Business Data

We're working on a project wherein the business users operate on a set of data that is periodically published. We've labeled the publishing milestones as Versions, and, due to some business ...
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Do feature fixes need to be local only?

From this blog post describing the git-flow model, it seems that feature branches have to remain local to the user working on them and are actually deleted right before pushing to origin. This kind ...
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Git branching strategy for long-running unreleased code

At our team, in addition to individual units of work (Stories), we have longer-running themes of work (Epics). Multiple stories make an epic. Traditionally we've had feature branches for each Story, ...
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How to determine when to open a new branch or a new repository when using Git?

Currently I am working on a project to make a product for company X. The team I am working with is selling similar service to many company with similar product, where 40% of the code is reused and 60% ...
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Do we need to create local branches for the enhancements we are working on?

We just started implementing the Git source control for our project and the Admin says we should not be creating any new branches for the enhancements that we are working on instead everybody should ...
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Merge bug fixes from trunk in old branches

We are now in the process of switching from svn to git (after a year spent on convincing people, yay!) in my company. So far, this is all for the better but there is one little thing that we ...
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Maintain hundreds of customized branches over master branch

Currently we have one master branch for our PHP application in a shared repository. We have more than 500 clients who are subscribers of our software, most of whom have some customization for ...
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How to manage a single branch

I read the Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation book by Jez Humble and David Farley. The part that throw me off balance the most was their ...
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If you decide that branching is a bad thing, then why use Git over SVN? [closed]

I have used Git and Mercurial a bit over the past ten years and appreciate and prefer them, but most of my experience is with SVN. If it is decided within a corporate programming group that branching ...
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Git branching from a feature branch to work on a subfeature

We're currently in the following situation, where a feature branch has been branched for a sub-feature branch (like, working on backend and frontend things for the same feature): o | o development ...
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Making major version step in software development in separate repository [duplicate]

Currently we are planning to switch from our software version 5.x.x to 6.x.x. Such major releases contains in our case a lot of refactoring work and changing the software architecture. Instead of ...
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Big project layout : adding new feature on multiple sub-projects

I want to know how to manage a big project with many components with version control management system. In my current project there are 4 major parts. Web Server Admin console Platform. The web ...
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Bugs showing up with merge on the release branch

When trying to follow the the gitflow model, we have a branch for the releases. However, we've had complicated merges when trying to merge from develop and bugs have crept in to that branch from ...
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Mercurial Branching from a branch

We are in a situation where the customer has requested an urgent deployment of the current features we are working on. These features are being developed in a mercurial branch named 'sprint 1' for ...
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How can we only include ready-to-be-released features in our production releases every other week?

I'm a software developer on a fairly large agile team (we have eight developers actively making changes to a single code repository). Every two weeks, we push a new version of our software to ...
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One commit in two branches: what happened?

I work on a project using maven and svn. Today after a svn update, the maven build was failing on the svn trunk. When I looked in the svn logs, I saw something strange: a commit affecting two ...
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Justification for different code bases on different branches in the same repo? [closed]

Branches in git repos or similar are practically always derived from the same code base; after all, they're usually merged back in to master later. But, if you wanted your open source project on ...
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How to prevent accidental deployment of branch under a legacy deployment process?

We have a feature branch right now in development that must not be deployed to production. At the moment there is nothing that would prevent such a mistake from happening. Deployment happens manually ...
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How do I bundle library files for use in branches?

I work at a company which has it's source code managed using subversion. Our code base is huge (800MB) but we want to work with branching. For what I noticed is that when branching, SVN just ...
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Why does Git have tags?

I've read Git branching and tagging best practices and git tagging comments - best practices, but I don't see a direct answer to something I've wondered for a long time: Why does Git have tags? ...
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Developers blocked by waiting on code to merge from another branch using GitFlow

Our team just made the switch from FogBugz & Kiln/Mercurial to Jira & Stash/Git. We are using the Git Flow model for branching, adding subtask branches off of feature branches (relating to ...
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Avoid branch conflicts/race conditions with task branches

Background Support and Sprint are the test branches for bugs and tasks Each bug gets a new branch from master, which is merged into Support, when tested good, a pull request is made between the ...
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Proper GIT repository usage that accommodates feature branches and parallel testing

After reading around I found that there were various git workflows being used but there aren't enough (or I just haven't found them yet) info on how to use git properly with having test builds. I was ...
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Git branch model critique: always derive from master

I am currently working on a large project involving at least 3 teams working on separate feature sets in the same codebase versioned on Git. Some features require back-end integration and ...
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In git, how to do versioning for a dozen libraries all worked at in parallel

We are doing projects, but we reuse a lot of code between the projects and have lots of libraries that contain our common code. As we implement new projects we find more ways to factor out common code ...
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Reusing a merged branch, good practice?

Currently, I used to create a new branch each time I have to add a new feature to my application. When my feature is finished and functional, I merge it with the master branch. But later, when I ...
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What is a good frequency for merging up feature branches to a main line?

We have a very large code base in mercurial. We have about a 6 month release cadence with 2 week sprints. For each release we have about 10 feature branches and maybe 5 or so people working per ...
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Is it ever OK to commit non-working code?

Is it good idea to require to commit only working code? This commit doesn't need to leave the repository in a working state as: ... we are in early design stages, the code is not yet stable. ...
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Git branch usage

I'm working on a small project, and I am using Github as version control. I made a new branch to test something out, and have decided I liked the previous method better (in the master branch). What ...
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TFS Branching an incomplete version

I am working on an application and it is at a point where I need to wait for an API to be delivered to complete it. It's almost there but not quite finished. My manager has told me he wants me to ...
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Usage of “bugfix” to refer to UI changes in branch names

If a user interface has an undesired look (elements not having padding or margins when it would be appropriate, etc.) and I implement a correction in a new (named) source control branch, would it be ...
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What does “branching is free” mean in Git?

What does "branching is free" mean in Git? I hear this a lot whenever Git is mentioned in comparison to other version control systems. I haven't had the opportunity (?) to deal with others (SVN, ...
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In 'branch by abstraction', how would one do code review?

My manager recommended I consider the technique of 'branching by abstraction', in which, rather than creating feature branches, multiple developers work in the same version control branch, and ...
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Advice on structuring a Git repo into branches for an iterative tutorial [duplicate]

I'm a teacher and I'm about to publish a tutorial on how a build a PHP app in several iterative steps. At each iteration, I want to provide access to the associated source code and differences with ...
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How can I develop a productive Git(hub) branch workflow for an open source project?

I am writing a simple framework that I want to open source just for experience (and fun!). However, it has some cool ideas that could make it grow to a larger project and I want to be ready if that ...
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Is there an established or defined best practice for source control branching between development and production builds?

I struggled in how to phrase my question, so let me give an example in hopes of making more clear what I am after: I currently work on a dev team responsible for maintaining and adding features to a ...
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Developer Branch vs. Feature Branch [duplicate]

I saw around that development teams usually use source control in one of 2 schemes: Either "Feature Branch", where each feature is developed in a new branch, or "Developer Branch", where each ...
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Git branching and tagging best practices

I am currently learning to use Git by reading Pro Git. Right now I'm learning about branching and tags. My question is when should I use a branch and when should I use a tag? For example, say I ...
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Merging very big branch with master [duplicate]

I have rather big git branch with code that was created on may of this year and never before was merged with master. Compare shows huuuge difference between branch and master: about 50 new files and ...
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QA and Feature Branches in Web Development

I am trying to introduce to my team a more sophisticated branching model than "commit to master and push". We are a small team of two analysts, three developers and one tester. At the moment, a ...
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Git and merge commits

We have three branches: master staging dev We branch per issue and each issue needs to go through testing and staging before being merged to master. We branch feature branches from master and ...
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Choosing the right Release management & Branching strategy

I am working on a project wherein we are to use SVN as a source repository and we need to identify a branching strategy. I am aware of branch by release & branch by feature strategies to certain ...
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How do you plan releases with new features in a development / releases branch model?

We are trying to implement a branch model in Mercurial. We have read the "Successful GIT branching model" and I proposed another, based on branched version numbers. Then I ended accepting the model ...
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version control (mercurial) access by subproject

I have a central codebase, from which I branch subprojects for each client. Right now I have the central codebase in mercurial repo A and client specific code in mercurial repo B, C, D... etc. I would ...
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What is the best way to handle product versioning and branching of long term projects?

In a general sense, for long term projects that may have multiple releases during the products life cycle and require support of previous products, what is the best way to handle product versions and ...
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Using SVN with multiple developers but without creating branches

I'm a computer science TA working with some students in a senior capstone course (effectively, a consultant for a small team). I met with them to discuss how to use version control, and they're in an ...