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Distributed Version Control System

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


add          cat          diff         ls           revert       timeline
addremove    changes      extras       merge        rm           ui
all          chat         finfo        mv           settings     undo
amend        clean        gdiff        open         sql          unversioned
annotate     clone        grep         pull         stash        update
bisect       commit       help         push         status       version
blame        dbstat       info         rebuild      sync
branch       delete       init         remote       tag


Features as described on the fossil home page.

1. Integrated Bug Tracking, Wiki, Forum, and Technotes - In addition to doing distributed version control like Git and Mercurial, Fossil also supports bug tracking, wiki, forum, 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 or over the exceedingly slow Wifi on airliners.

5. CGI/SCGI Enabled - No server is required, but if you want to set one up, Fossil supports four easy 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.

8. Free and Open-Source - Uses the 2-clause BSD license.


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July 2021 https://fossil-scm.org