With Subversion 1.8, users will benefit from merge functionality enhancements as well as major improvements in storage efficiency. The enhancements include:
Symmetric, or automatic, merge capability for simplifying the merge process and eliminating conflicts caused by users selecting the wrong type of merge.
Simultaneous change handling between branches rather than differentiating between sync and reintegration merge forms.
Rejection of merge attempts between unrelated branches to decrease the likelihood of user errors that often result in conflicts.
Decrease in server set-up costs.
Revision property packing and directory deltification to reduce backup and restore times as well as the number of files stored for up to more than 90% storage capacity savings.
You can see a full list of the changes in the release notes here.
“While Subversion simplifies development and helps teams seamlessly collaborate, it has had limited merge capabilities, leading some developers to choose other SCM systems,” said David Richards, WANdisco CEO. “Subversion 1.8, under the development leadership of Julian Foad, has addressed those issues and users will greatly appreciate the powerful new features.”
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