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Version Control with Subversion
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Version Control with Subversion - Using Branches - The Key Concepts Behind Branches

The Key Concepts Behind Branches

There are two important lessons that you should remember from this section.

  1. Unlike many other version control systems, Subversion's branches exist as normal filesystem directories in the repository, not in an extra dimension. These directories just happen to carry some extra historical information.

  2. Subversion has no internal concept of a branch—only copies. When you copy a directory, the resulting directory is only a “branch” because you attach that meaning to it. You may think of the directory differently, or treat it differently, but to Subversion it's just an ordinary directory that happens to have been created by copying.



[8] Subversion does not support cross-repository copying. When using URLs with svn copy or svn move , you can only copy items within the same repository.


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