SVK (also written svk) is a decentralized version control system written in Perl, with a hierarchical distributed design comparable to centralized deployment of BitKeeper and GNU arch. It is distributed under the Artistic License and the GNU General Public License. The primary author of svk is Kao Chia-liang (Chinese: 高嘉良). On June 5, 2006, Chia-liang Kao joined Best Practical Solutions, LLC, makers of Request Tracker (and also heavy users of SVK), and SVK became a Best Practical product.
On May 28, 2009, Chia-liang Kao announced that Best Practical will no longer be actively developing SVK. Kao continued to develop SVK until the last release in March 2010, when development appears to have stopped.
SVK uses the Subversion filesystem but provides additional features:
- Offline operations like checkin, log, merge.
- Distributed branches.
- Lightweight checkout copy management (no .svn directories).
- Advanced merge algorithms, like star-merge and cherry picking.
- Changeset signing and verification.
- Can mirror and operate on Subversion, Perforce and CVS repositories.
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