The Standard in Open Source Version Control
Version Control with
This is the online home of Version Control with Subversion, a free book about Subversion, a new version control system designed to supplant CVS. As you may have guessed from the layout of this page, this book is published by O'Reilly Media.
This is a place to read HTML and PDF versions of the book (although you can certainly buy a copy if you'd like to). We'll do our best to keep the site up-to-date. As Subversion development continues, the product will continue to grow new features, and we plan to continue documenting those changes.
2ND EDITION RELEASED: The second edition of Version Control with Subversion is now available for purchase! Order your physical copy today, or add the book to your virtual library using the Safari Books Online service.
Online Versions of the Book
Here are the latest versions of the book which are available online:
For Subversion 1.5
Nightly Build (for Subversion 1.6)
Please bear in mind that these versions are works-in-progress: if you bookmark or link to specific sections, those links may be invalidated by continuing development. If you need a link that can be reasonably expected to remain stable for years to come, link to one of the completed editions above.
You can also find older versions of the book (which we suspect are no longer of much interest to most folks) here.
For feedback on the book or this website, contact firstname.lastname@example.org [listinfo]. If you have spotted errors in the book (O'Reilly's hardcopy or otherwise), please do the following things:
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This book has been (or is being) translated to other languages. Use the navigation menu at the bottom of the page to select a different language. From each translated page you can get instructions on obtaining the translated book (or a work-in-progress snapshot if it is not finished yet). Note that the English version is the master from which all translations derive, and if you have any comments about a translation you should contact that translation's authors.
Are Those Turtles?
Why, yes, they are, indeed, turtles. That's the animal chosen by the publisher for our book cover. And before you ask us, "Why?" — we don't really know. It's cool, and our wives are pleased that at least something "icky" wasn't chosen to represent Subversion.