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fossil - Distributed Version Control System

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fossil - Distributed Version Control System


fossil help
fossil help COMMAND


Fossil is a distributed version control system (DVCS) with built-in wiki, ticket tracker, CGI/http interface, and http server.

Common COMMANDs:

add changes gdiff publish status
addremove clean help pull sync
all clone import push tag
amend commit info rebuild timeline
annotate delete init remote-url ui
bisect diff ls revert undo
blame export merge rm unpublished
branch extras mv settings unversioned
bundle finfo open sqlite3 update
cat fusefs praise stash version


Features as described on the fossil home page.
1. Integrated Bug Tracking, Wiki, & Technotes - In addition to doing distributed version control like Git and Mercurial, Fossil also supports bug tracking, wiki, and technotes.
2. Built-in Web Interface - Fossil has a built-in and intuitive web interface that promotes project situational awareness. Type "fossil ui" and Fossil automatically opens a web browser to a page that shows detailed graphical history and status information on that project.
3. Self-Contained - Fossil is a single self-contained stand-alone executable. To install, simply download a precompiled binary for Linux, Mac, OpenBSD, or Windows and put it on your $PATH. Easy-to-compile source code is available for users on other platforms.
4. Simple Networking - No custom protocols or TCP ports. Fossil uses plain old HTTP (or HTTPS or SSH) for all network communications, so it works fine from behind restrictive firewalls, including proxies. The protocol is bandwidth efficient to the point that Fossil can be used comfortably over dial-up.
5. CGI/SCGI Enabled - No server is required, but if you want to set one up, Fossil supports four simple server configurations.
6. Autosync - Fossil supports "autosync" mode which helps to keep projects moving forward by reducing the amount of needless forking and merging often associated with distributed projects.
7. Robust & Reliable - Fossil stores content using an enduring file format in an SQLite database so that transactions are atomic even if interrupted by a power loss or system crash. Automatic self-checks verify that all aspects of the repository are consistent prior to each commit. In over seven years of operation, no work has ever been lost after having been committed to a Fossil repository.

fossil ui
February 2015