A programming discipline for tracking, storing and retrieving revisions of source code.

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How would one handle external dependencies in an open-source project?

When one writes an open-source project and uses Google Code or GitHub, and wants to use a library like Lua, how should one do this? Should the dependency be included in the repository? Should the ...
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What versioning system uses something like UA50 for the releases [on hold]

We're using some strange versioning system at work that I have trouble understanding or finding references to. Each release comprises of two letters and two numbers. I'm still not sure how it ...
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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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Managing shared code in source control

Projects A and B both use library project L: Judging by what people have written about it on the web, managing this situation appears to be a headache: ...
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Should private key files be checked-in in git?

In my understanding, git as version control system should track all resources or files that are necessary to build a software version. If a private key file is needed for a server to function ...
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Should test data be checked into version control?

I'm writing some test code for a feature which processes PDF files. The basic idea behind the tests is that I point them towards some PDFs I've selected specially, they process them and I check that ...
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Managing a website with version control?

The small website I built a long time ago is starting to pick up a little and I'm starting to run into problems with making changes. Originally, all the pages were .html and I would edit and test them ...
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snapshot in git or version control system (vcs) [closed]

I recently started learning/working git. I've gone through some materials but still didn't understand what actually is a snapshot.
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Which version management design methodology to be used in a Dependent System nodes?

This is my first question so please indicate if my question is too vague and not understandable. My question is more related to High Level Design. We have a system (specifically an ATCA Chassis) ...
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Should I keep JBoss under version control? [duplicate]

Should I keep my JBoss installation under version control so other team members can pull it? Is that common? Configuration changes, module installations etc would be version controlled. I have a ...
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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 ...
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Having unwanted bits in version control history

Consider having a project which you would want to release as open-source. There are parts which you have removed, but still remain in version control history. License of those parts is not ...
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Where do I put the changelog to display the recent changes to the user?

I want to create a changelog for my application to display the set of recent changes to the user. But I'm not sure where I put it. Do I create a text file and write in it? Where do I put this text ...
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What should I do when I've already waited too long between commits?

I was naughty... Too much "cowboy coding," not enough committing. Now, here I am with an enormous commit. Yes, I should have been committing all along, but it's too late now. What is better? Do one ...
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how to manage a release of both sw and config data

in my repository I've got a sw and a cfg(config) folder under trunk, I'm thinking that when I release I'll branch both of these to the releases folder e.g. v1 of my app, with London config data. If I ...
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Version control workflow for semi-bespoke software

I have a web app product (PHP, MySQL) for which I offer a bespoking service. That is, you can buy the main product, which is quite extensive, and then have it customised however you like. This might ...
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Dealing with code that has been written but isn't yet needed

I wrote a class to do something, but then realised that it wasn't needed, as I could optimize existing code to get the speed of execution I needed, rather than integrating the new class in with ...
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Version controlling of a web project

We (2 developers) are developing a cakephp app that is running on a remote server. In NetBeans we both have project set up as "PHP application from remote server". The problem is that whenever one of ...
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How to use github, branches and automatic releases for version management? [closed]

I understand most of the basic Git/Github concepts by now, however I still have trouble understanding the bigger picture. These are some things that I have managed to get working so far: Push ...
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Version Control Options for Shared Network Folder [closed]

The company I work for has no version control. It will never have version control, so a server-based solution is out of the question. Also, our network is extremely slow. Often, it takes a few ...
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Changelog in Comments Versus Source Control Log [duplicate]

Until recently, I have worked on a code base which kept change logs both as a table in the header section of each file and as comments in source control. In practice, only the header comments were ...
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SVN: Working with branches using the same working copy

We've just moved to SVN from CVS. We have a small team and everyone checks in code on the trunk and we have never ever used branches for development. We each have directories on a remote dev server ...
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git workflow for separating commits

Best practices with git (or any VCS for that matter) is supposed to be to have each commit do the smallest change possible. But, that doesn't match how I work at all. For example I recently I needed ...
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Develop in trunk and then branch off, or in release branch and then merge back? [duplicate]

Say that we've decided on following a "release-based" branching strategy, so we'll have a branch for each release, and we can add maintenance updates as sub-branches from those. Does it matter ...
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How do programmers handle several versions of a same program? [closed]

A lot of apps, for instance, have a free version and pro version. Do programmers, when a new update is released, remove lines of code that shouldn't be available in the free version? As for Visual ...
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Dealing with data, when your database is under version control

Currently my database is not under some kind of vcs, we can get deltas but that's about it. I would like to try and make product deployments more automated, and less time consuming. I understand that ...
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How come centralized source control solutions don't do branching in place

With centralized source control like Perforce and SVN, when they create a branch, they create a whole new directory. However, git and other distributed source control solutions, in my experience, are ...
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How to organize repository branches? [closed]

I am trying to find a way to organize the branches in my repository in a sensible way. I would like the main branch to contain only "clean" commits: features that are (mostly) complete, no superfluous ...
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Is it a newbie mistake to avoid branching? [duplicate]

My team is new to versioning and we're trying to keep things simple, as to not overwhelm ourselves with tools-headaches. Also, our product can't be compiled and run locally, so our work is actually ...
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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 ...
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Proper sequence of actions for merging using SVN?

I'm totally new to CVCS (SVN specifically). I find that most resources focus very strongly on the command-line commands (irrelevant; we use Windows Explorer + TortoiseSVN) and about structure (e.g. ...
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What to do with a long unfinished project? [closed]

I am a programmer hobbyist (self learnt), and once in a while I like to make games and interactive scripts (nowadays mostly in JavaScript for its ease). Sometimes I start long projects that end up ...
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Quantifying the advantages of a modern version control system [closed]

I've worked as a team lead/developer in a large financial enterprise environment for the better part of three years. Our production release process is a nightmare because it revolves around Clearcase. ...
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Should the commit history be used to convey critical information to developers?

Recently a conversation came up during a meeting regarding the rollback of a third-party SDK from the latest version and it was noted that the fact it shouldn't be used was already in the commit ...
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Easy way to serve mercurial? [closed]

I am currently using TortoiseHg on windows. I want my server to be available automatically as it is switched on. But I need to do these: when I set up a new project, I need to enter the ...
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Overlapping Version Control Repositories

So, I'm working with an open source project, and I'm making some significant changes to a small module of the project. The project uses SVN as its version control, and I need access to this ...
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How to convert a Bazaar repository to GIT repository?

We have a large bazaar repository and we want to convert it to a git repository. The bazaar repository contains the folders of each of the interns. Any documentation/code prepared by interns is ...
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How does one store a website's holding/maintenance page in Git?

I'm trying to tidy up the Git repositories for the few sites that I maintain. For each site, I usually create a separate branch in the repo that holds a "maintenance page" or "holding page", which I ...
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What advantages do continuous integration tools offer on a solo project?

If you're doing a solo project - would you use CI tools to build from a repository? I've used Hudson and Cruise Control in a team environment, where it's essential to build as soon as anyone checks ...
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Should temporary code be put under version control and how?

Here are some examples of temporary/local code. It is needed in order to work with the codebase, but would be harmful to be part of it: Project files. Paths may need to be edited in order to reflect ...
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How to handle duplicate files in version control

Right now we use a very simple system for version control. We have a completely flat master repository for our entire product line. As our codebase grows and we add more products to the product ...
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What are some version control systems based on different concepts than Git, Mercurial etc? [closed]

Most of the version control systems I have used have a lot of similar functionallity for source code files: they work on their text content, diff using well known diff algorithms, the changes contain ...
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Using some kind of version control when working alone and with small projects?

Very often I'm working on small projects only for myself. I'm working on one machine, but recently I thought about using some kind of version control nevertheless. This would have some benefits as for ...
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What to do with obsolete code? [closed]

Code that we no longer use builds up. So what should one do when one doesn't need it anymore? Deleting it feels wasteful, especially large chunks, and there's always the chance the exact same thing ...
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Integrate NuGet Package Restore feature into checkout process

There are some situations where I have no internet connection and so I am forced to work offline. Usually it would look like this: I get connected, do a checkout from source control server, and move ...
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If a dependency is not in the maven repository should I add it to source control?

One of the jar files that I use in my code is not in the maven repository(and yes I tried to avoid using it). I have installed it locally so when I build the project it gets picked up by maven. I also ...
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Using commit messages for time tracking

Some products can parse a special syntax in commit messages to extract additional data, such at time tracking information: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/FISHEYE/Using+smart+commits To me, ...
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Automatically propagating changes

When working on multiple similar projects there are often changes that can't be extracted into a library, but should be applied to most of the projects. I mean changes like a modified directory ...